Like you, Arthur has been very busy lately. The holidays are approaching, as well as exams. There never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done, especially in December. Arthur will be tempted to pull all-nighters to squeeze in more study time before exams, but it turns out that this strategy is actually counterproductive. We think of sleeping as a passive activity, yet research has shown that our minds are in fact quite busy during sleep. Sleep helps strengthen our memories and “practice” the skills we’ve learned while awake—this process is called “consolidation." So once he’s crammed in all the info he can, Arthur plans to put away his coffee and books long enough to get a decent night’s sleep. We hope you will, too!
- Katherine Jenkins