But a new study by Northwestern University researchers indicates that, depending on what we hear during the night, it is indeed possible to reinforce existing memories and enhance our recall after we wake up.
Does listening to things while you sleep help you remember them?
Absorbing complex information or picking up a new skill from scratch by, say, listening to an audio recording during sleep is almost certainly impossible. But research shows that the sleeping brain is far from idle and that some forms of learning can happen.
Can you really learn while you sleep?
New Study Suggests You Can Learn While You Sleep. The idea sounds sorely like a late-night infomercial: play new vocabulary during phases of deep sleep, and the unconscious brain may just be able to learn those new words—without any work or awareness, even after waking.
Does your brain retain information while you sleep?
Researchers have long known that sleeping plays an important role in the learning process. “What we found in our study is that the sleeping brain can actually encode new information and store it for long term. Even more, the sleeping brain is able to make new associations,” said Marc Züst, co-first-author of the paper.
Does listening to a recording help you memorize?
Before you start trying to recall everything from memory, write and re-write the information. This will help you become more familiar with what you’re trying to memorize. Doing this while listening to your tape recorder can also help you retain a lot of the data. This is most useful for experienced learners.