Skill Learning and Sleeping

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Learning a new skill requires a lot of repeating of particular movements: the more you practice, the better you get. When you do a new swimming drill, you are learning a new skill (or skills).  I read recently about the association between these repetitions (or learning a new drill) and nighttime dreams.

According to Richard Restack (“Think Smart”), when you sleep the brain “replays the activity that occurred when something was learned during the previous day”.   The more you learn during the day the ”greater the amount of replay during the night”.   The greater the amount of replay at night, the better you will do that movement or drill the next day.

After the practice of a new skill or drill our brain needs a certain amount of time to  “consolidate” the

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