GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Sept. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Sleep Cycle, the world's first and most popular smart alarm
The Sleep Cycle Institute Sleep and Memory Report draws on the research and expertise of Sleep Cycle Institute panelist Frida Rångtell, with a Ph.D. from the Department of Neuroscience at Uppsala University, Sweden, and survey data collected by Propeller Research on behalf of Sleep Cycle.
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"Sleep helps us process memories and emotions, stabilize and restore motor learning skills, consolidate short-term into long-term memories, and promote healthy cognitive function by cleaning the brain of toxins and decay," said Dr. Rångtell. "If you want a high-functioning brain, you need all of the different phases of sleep, and you need them in the right order. For memory in particular, REM sleep, slow wave sleep, and 'sleep spindles' — bursts of neural oscillatory activity — all seem to be very important."
What else should people know about memory and sleep? According to Dr. Rångtell:
How Do You Take Your Coffee? More than two-thirds (70%) of Americans feel their cognitive performance is affected when they don't get enough sleep, and an equal number (70%) say they need at least one cup of coffee before they can function at peak level for the day.
This is truer of some Americans than others:
Most Americans (65%) have dreams about their work; almost half (48%) say they dream about work at least monthly. There seems to be good reason for this: research shows that dreaming about a task can actually help people to perform it better, although fewer than half (45%) of Americans believe this to be true of themselves.
"We process new information when we sleep," said Dr. Rångtell. "This is when we turn specific information into more general knowledge — in other words, we get the 'gist' of the new information we've learned. We also integrate new memories with previous knowledge, so dreaming of a memory task can improve it while we sleep."
About the Survey The national survey of over 1,000 U.S. adults was conducted online by Propeller Insights on behalf of Sleep Cycle in August 2019.
About Sleep Cycle Sleep Cycle is the world's most popular intelligent alarm clock app that analyzes users' sleep, records findings and wakes them during their lightest sleep phase so they feel rested and refreshed. The app generates nightly sleep reports, tracks long-term sleep trends, and logs how daily activities impact sleep quality. With millions of users worldwide, Sleep Cycle has also become the world's richest repository of data on global sleep habits. The Sleep Cycle Institute puts this data in the hands of five multidisciplinary health and wellness experts to provide individuals and public policy makers with deeper quantitative insights into the relationship between sleep and overall health and well-being.
For more information — and real-time, interactive sleep data from around the world — visit https://www.sleepcycle.com/.
SOURCE Sleep Cycle Institute