Sleep in Memory and Learning  
Helene A. Emsellem, MD, FAASM
Medical Director

John R. Ruddy, MD
Linda C. Croom, ANPC
Annemarie Zabbara, PA-C
Sandy Evanson, PA-C







“Messages to the Public”

The Role of Sleep in Memory and Learning Conference March 3-4, 2008


  1. Adequate sleep will help you learn, retain and fully understand new material.
  2. Sleep apnea (and other sleep disorders) negatively impacts memory and learning—which may be particularly important for children.
  3. Different aspects of sleep (e.g., REM versus deep sleep) may be important for different types of memory (e.g., facts, playing a musical instrument).
  4. Memory difficulties associated with aging may be associated with poorer sleep.
  5. Changes in sleep and circadian regulation occurring in adolescence are inconsistent with optimal learning when morning school start times are too early (before 8:30 -9:00 AM).

For more information regarding the National Sleep Foundation, click here.
For the Sleep in America Poll Results from 2008 and previous years, click here.
For more scientific information about sleep, learning and memory published in Clinical Compass, click here.




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