Sleep deprivation leads to a drastic decrease in learning | Matthew Walker

Sleep affects both sides of the learning equation: It is necessary before learning, to prep the brain for information input, but it is also essential after learning, to facilitate the formation and consolidation of memories, which involves the transfer of memories from the short-term storage area, the hippocampus, to the long-term storage area, the cortex. This transfer forms the basis of learning. Research has shown that when students were deprived of sleep and then tasked with memorizing new information, the overall performance of the task decreased by 40 percent. In this clip, Dr. Matthew Walker describes the role that sleep plays in learning and new memory formation.

This clip was taken from the FoundMyFitness interview with Dr. Matt Walker found at

Original episode published on Feb 28, 2019
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About FoundMyFitness: Rhonda Patrick has a Ph.D. in biomedical science from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She also has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biochemistry/chemistry from the University of California. She has done extensive research on aging, cancer, and nutrition.

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