Dreaming can help you memorize what you’ve learned.
The researchers, Dr. Robert Stickgold and Dr. Erin Wamsley of Harvard Medical School, asked participants to remember a 3D computer maze, which they would have to navigate later. After, some were asked to nap. Those who napped, AND remembered dreaming, also performed better at the maze navigation task.
According to the authors, dreaming may signal that the brain processes the same task on many levels.
What does this mean for students?
Students might consider studying right before bedtime, or napping after a study session.