Does "sleeping on it" improve decision making?


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Webster Bednar
November 13, 2019 4:13PM

Although the science isn't completely conclusive, recent research suggests that sleep can, in fact, improve problem solving.

A 2018 study from the University of Bristol looked at a group's performance on mental tasks before and after taking a 90 minute nap. When compared with a group that stayed awake for the same amount of time, the nappers did markedly better on their repeated task, which indicated to the researchers that the brain did process some of that information as they slept.

Keep in mind, though, that with only 16 participants, more studies are needed to be able to confidently generalize these specific results. More broadly, sleep has been widely proven to help with memory, learning, and judgement, which will all come in handy the next time you have to make a difficult decision.
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Elizabeth Lee
November 25, 2019 4:29PM
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Hello Kitty Berry
November 25, 2019 11:51PM
Conventional wisdom suggests that by "sleeping on it," we clear our minds and relieve ourselves of the immediacy (and accompanying stress) of making a decision. Sleep also helps organize our memories, process the information of the day, and solve problems.
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Mythren Daniels
November 22, 2019 7:11PM
no that is a big lie only if you are sick.
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Tom Cartridge
November 26, 2019 1:50PM
only you have someone sleeping next to you which you never will
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Marjolaine Hébert
November 26, 2019 4:45AM
Yes. 'Sleeping on it' allows time to put the decision in a perspective that tends to be reasonable.
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Emily Goodenough
November 25, 2019 5:58PM
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Annabella Redfern
November 25, 2019 1:05PM
perhaps, as when you wake up, you have more energy and are more likely to function better when your head is clear and you're not as tired. but maybe that's just simple knowledge?
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November 23, 2019 7:12PM
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November 26, 2019 1:44PM
In my own oppinion, I think no. You see, when I was trying to create my site MatchWithout, I never know any thing that was called SLEEP