Sleeping improves memory

More and more scientists are getting convinced sleep is not a waste of time.
During sleep our brain remains very active. A growing consensus emerges around the hypothesis that during sleep, our brain actively organises and efficiently stores the information gathered during the day. Sleep gives the brain time to analyse quietly without any new incoming sensations.  New evidence to support that was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A series of abstract patterns was shown to a test group and remembering those went significantly better if the test persons got the chance to sleep between the exercise and the evaluation.  Even without sleep, just waiting had a good influence. Twelve hours after the exercise the results where already better then after twenty minutes. One day later results improved even more, especially with a good night sleep included.As the brain is in ‘rest’ it looks for connections in the gathered information and stores those in the long term memory. It is interesting to note that the test persons were not aware of the fact that they had stored more information. Scientists become more convinced that the brain is controlled by internal processes, not supported by the body, especially when sleeping.

What is the influence on learning when organising late night activities at conferences and meetings? Is is good for learning to start conference activities very early?
If the goal, or at least one of the main goals at meetings and conferences is for the participants to learn, should we not organise them in such a way that participants get enough sleep?
Is it in the meeting hotel's interest to make sure guests get good sleep?
Silence probably being the most important issue to monitor.
Meeting hotel construction needs to pay extra attention to sound insulation, supporting the meeting planners learning goals in doing so.
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