Learning in your sleep

Sleeping people can be taught to make connections between sounds and smells

By Stephen Ornes, 13:15 PM September 20, 2012



Sleeping and learning go hand in hand, studies have shown for years. Even a brief nap can boost your memory and sharpen your thinking. But the relationship goes deeper than that. In a new study, scientists report that the brain can actually learn something new during sleep.


Scientists used to believe that a sleeping brain was taking a break. But it turns out it can be taught a thing or two, scientists reported in a scientific journal published in August.


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