How sleep improves cognition
So how can sleeping improve your cognition?
As we learn and digest information we build synaptic connections between neurons, these become neuro transmitters that chemicals like dopamine (the pain killing chemical) and Serotonin (the happy chemical) can pass through.
As we keep learning or practicing we strengthen these connections so our recall becomes fluid, to enable our brain to take on more information- not that we are anywhere near capacity – there are cells that clear away the unused connections.
Imagine your wardrobe overflowing with clothes but you only ever wear the same 10 outfits, a recycler comes along and clears out the clothes you don’t wear and puts everything in order, so that you can easily and quickly access the clothes you need.
This what happens when we sleep the microglial cells find the connections(things we’ve learned) that we don’t use anymore and clear it out, helping our recall, thinking and learning to be more fluid.
If we lack sleep the clean up never takes place so our cognition decreases.
So having a good nights sleep and if you are taking on a lot of information, or doing a lot of thinking, a 10 minute nap can help the clear up process and improve cognition immensely.
Hence the phrase sleep on it!
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