10 Simple Tips to Support Prostate Health!

Prostate Health Awareness #1
“An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure”

                            

  1. Maintain a healthy weight and exercise daily!
  2. Limit trans-fat consumption.

3. Eat more fish that contain essential fatty acids (EFA’s).

* Use Life Priority Omega 3 Priority to help ensure your EFA intake.*

4. Eat cooked tomatoes that contain Lycopene, cook with olive oil, and add cruciferous vegetables into your meals. Drink green tea for extra anti-oxidant support.

*Use Life Priority Prostate Priority.*

5. Avoid smoking! Use Alcohol in moderation..

6. Use a quality multi-vitamin, Life Priority *One Per Meal Lifeguard*, to help ensure the consumption of essential nutrients.

7. Keep a health journal…set daily disciplines and goals! Take charge and measure your success!

8. Maintain regular physicals with your health care professional. Seek professional  treatment for stress, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and depression.

9. Develop a good Attitude! Relax-Reduce Stress & enjoy life.

10. “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure”! Get a routine physical every year!

       

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.

*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.

*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

Testimonial: Taking Life Priority products have changed my Life! Harry H.

Testimonial from Harry H. Life Priority customer since 1998!

I’ve been a truck driver for almost 30 years and a Life Priority customer for over 15 years.

I use to spend the first part of my mornings feeling like I was running behind the curve, like I was trying to catch up with my day. Then I discovered Life Priority. Now, I start each morning with a combination drink that includes Lift, Mind and Muscle Memory.

Quite honestly, it has changed my life. I find that my mornings are now more focused and I am ready to take on the day. It’s amazing how greatLife Priority Lift Powder it feels to start the day feeling good, feeling focused, and feeling in charge. I make another drink in the afternoon to keep me feeling that way the rest of the day.

I also take several other Life Priority supplements. I take them with confidence knowing that Greg and Michelle have
researched them and will only offer them if they are quality products.

When it comes to Life Priority supplements…I’m a BELIEVER!!!!

Harry J. H. Shawnee, KS.

A Mother’s Love: The Driving Force Behind Life Priority

Testimonies by Paige, Storey, and Hailey Pryor, daughters of Life Priority owner, Michelle Pryor

“The month of May has grown sweeter to me, not because I’ve become a Mother myself, but because I’ve watched my Mother become a Grandmother.  I just wish she were with me everyday to remind my kids to take their vitamins.  I attribute my Mother for instilling the knowledge of supplementation and healthy living in me.  My parents’ passion for health and helping people makes me so proud and they talk about their customers as our own family.  Thank you for supporting Life Priority and our family.” – Paige Cook, Michelle’s 1st born

“My mom is one of the most selfless, passionate, nurturing, loving women on the planet – which is certainly why she is the rock of the Pryor family, and it goes without saying, the driving force behind Life Priority. I feel tremendously blessed that my parents created this company to provide the world’s finest health and wellness supplements. My Mom lives and breathes every single product, and is determined to share this incredible company with the world. Thank you for your commitment to your health, and supporting Life Priority over the few decades. There is so much heart and soul in this company, and we are proud you’re a part of our family!” – Storey Pryor, Favorite Daughter

“Most people who cross paths with Michelle Pryor (my mother) are quick to understand the raw and genuine nature of her spirit. I am so grateful to have been raised by a mother with unwavering moral and ethical beliefs. I cannot think of a truer inspiration to have been raised by. Over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to adopt some of her most redeeming qualities. You will hear her say, “your health is your most valuable asset” – which I cannot agree with more. I am so thankful that her interest in health and vitamins trickled down into us (her daughters). She truly does care about the well being of others, including all our loyal and valuable customers.” – Hailey Pryor, the baby

New Year, New Attitude

A very important part of being happy — and healthy — is to maintain a positive attitude, no matter what your circumstances are. Remember Charles Swindoll, and his perception that attitude is a matter of choice.

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.

If you could use a little help along the way, a Phenylalanine formulation might be just the thing to lift your spirits and support your positive attitude. Phenyalalanine may just be the Lift you need to cheer you up and support better mental health. It seems to improve mood in depressed patients. The brain is the most important master organ in your body, so exquisitely fine-tuned to perform innumerable tasks —among which is to make us feel happy.

Enter Phenylalanine. A natural approach is to use nutritional supplements, which many people prefer because they’re largely free of adverse side effects, and they’re less expensive, too. The amino acid phenylalanine has long been of interest because of its role in the production of dopamine and noradrenaline, two neurotransmitters that play key roles in the regulation of mood, especially with regard to our sense of well-being, i.e. our happiness. Significantly, deficiencies of these neurotransmitters in the brain are associated with depression. Many people feel it acts to help suppress stress eating and help to increase motivation and drive.

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Lift  might help supply you with a boost of energy. Lift Caps are another convenient way to take your nutritional supplement that may support a positive mental attitude and a productive day.

Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid — it must be obtained from outside sources because our bodies cannot synthesize it in appreciable amounts. It’s one of the 20 common amino acids found in dietary proteins that we obtain from plants and animals. (Babies, take note: breast milk is particularly rich in phenylalanine.) I personally use the Lift formulation to start each and every day.

As a small business owner, I get asked all the time what my secret weapon is to get it all done. Psst… It’s Lift.

 

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

 

What is Phosphatidylserine?

As we age, the demands of life only seem to grow, and our bodies and minds begin to gradually decline which can make things difficult for us. The mental decline as we age can be especially frustrating, and may lead to other potential problems.

Although aging and its side effects are inevitable, we can fight back by becoming healthier. The combination of valuable supplements and a smart and balanced diet might help us live longer and happier. One essential chemical compound for maintaining a healthier mind is phosphatidylserine.

Phosphatidylserine is a phospholipid that aids in the function of our cell membranes – specifically, the brain. So just what does the cell membrane do? The cell membrane does a lot of things, but it helps move waste out of our cells, keeps the cell intact and moves essential nutrients into our various cells to keep us healthy.

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Phosphatidylserine is naturally produced in the body, but only in small amounts. To obtain the right amount, we need to include it in our diet by eating foods like muscle and organ meats, and white beans. We can also get it from soybeans and various other plant sources.

Of course, you should always consult a doctor as to ascertain the proper dosage and to what capacity it should be a part of your diet (not recommended for children, pregnant women and people with kidney or liver diseases).

The aging process isn’t always a cake walk, so it’s important to develop a healthy diet and lifestyle. Working out every day for a short time, eating right and adding supplements and foods with essentials nutrients are all vital to a healthy life.

Phosphatidylserine is one chemical compound that’s important for our mental stability and health, so make sure to research the benefits it could have on your life.

To Your Health!

Life Priority Inc

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

In the News: Women’s Dementia Worsens Faster Than Men’s

The Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw®
Life Extension NewsTM
Volume 18 No. 4 • August 2015

In the News: Women’s Dementia Worsens Faster Than Men’s

So says a headline in the July 22, 2015 The Wall Street Journal. According to the study (398 subjects who participated in the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative), women’s cognitive decline took place about twice as fast as men’s. The good news is that it is very likely, based on scientific studies showing that women need more choline than men do (Fischer, 2007), and that, as choline has been identified as a nutrient important to cognition (Poly, 2011) a deficiency of choline is one cause of this vulnerability to dementia in women. Not only does estrogen play an important role in the cholinergic nervous system (Fischer, 2007, Craig, 2010)—estrogen that declines rapidly following menopause—but it is known that in older people, choline is taken up less effectively into the brain (Cohen, 1995). In addition, women are much more susceptible to autoimmune diseases than men are and the cholinergic nervous system is a major antiinflammatory system (Tracey, 2007).

Add it all up and the evidence points to a need for additional choline in older women. The amount of choline recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) for non-pregnant women, 425 mg a day, is (in our judgment) too low to supply adequate amounts of choline to older women when you consider the reduced ability to transport choline into the brain, the loss of estrogen, and also the variation (dietary composition (van Wijk, 2012), choline consumption, genetic and epigenetic differences in the ability to absorb choline from the diet, get it into the brain, and then convert it to phospatidylcholine via biochemical pathways) between individuals suggests that the amount that may be adequate for much of the population per the IOM recommendation may not be adequate for YOU.

In short, choline is a major nutrient for keeping your cognitive function in good condition as you get older. We ourselves take 2 grams a day of choline in the form of choline dihydrogen citrate.

References

  • Fischer, daCosta, Kwock, et al. Sex and menopausal status influence human dietary requirements for the nutrient choline. Am J Clin Nutr.85(5):1275-85 (2007).
  • Poly, Massaro, Seshadri, et al. The relation of dietary choline to cognitive performance and white-matter hyperintensity in the Framingham Offspring Cohort. Am J Clin Nutr. 94:1584-91 (2011).
  • Craig, Brammer, Maki, et al. The interactive effect of acute ovarian suppression and the cholinergic system on visuospatial working memory in young women.35:987-1000 (2010).
  • Cohen, Renshaw, Stoll, et al. Decreased brain choline uptake in older adults. An in vivo proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy study. 274(11):902-7 (1995).
  • Physiology and immunology of the cholinergic antiinflammatory pathway.J Clin Invest.117(2):289-96 (2007).
  • van Wijk, Watkins, Bohlke, et al. Plasma choline concentration varies with different dietary levels of vitamins B6, B12and folic acid in rats maintained on choline-adequate diets. Br J Nutr. 107:1408-12 (2012).

 

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

Can you Revive your Memory from 1985?

One of the great treasures that many of us are blessed with is our memory. Many people who witnessed the World Series in ’85 use their memory to describe events to those who were born after ’85 or were too young to remember. As people age, we sometimes chuckle that we are “losing” our memory. It is not a laughing matter! Our memories can be enhanced through the use of choline!

KC Royals 1985 World Series Win
KC Royals 1985 World Series Win

Members of 1985 Royals World Series Team “Revive ’85”

Recently, the Kansas City Baseball Historical Society sponsored a 30th anniversary reunion for members of the ’85 Kansas City Royals World Series championship team.  The event, held past August at the NKC Harrah’s Casino, drew close to 500 fans who were eager to help celebrate the most important milestone in the history of Kansas City baseball, a World Series Championship.

From ’55-’67, Kansas City had a MLB franchise, the Athletics (A’s).  In ’69, A’s owner, Charlie Finley, moved his franchise to Oakland, CA.   Kansas City was without a MLB team for the next 5 years.  In ’73, Ewing Kauffman brought MLB back to KC and named his new team, the Royals.  The Royals appeared in the MLB playoffs in ’76, ’77, ’78, ’80, ’81, and ’84.  Prior to winning their World Series championship in ’85, the closest that the Royals came to winning a crown was in the ’80 World Series when they were defeated by the Philadelphia Phillies.

At the reunion, many old time Kansas City A’s and Royals fans were treated to many memorable stories by members of the ’85 team, Jim Sundberg, C, Charlie Liebrandt, P, Buddy Biancalana, SS, and Pat Sheridan, OF.  Also attending Royals Hall of Famers, Hal McCrae, Frank White, Dennis Leonard, and Bret Saberhagen.  Other players and/or wives attending were Danny Jackson, Mike Jones, Lynn Jones, Darryl Motley, Steve Farr, Greg Pryor, trainer, Mickey Cobb, Nancy Howser and Janie Quisenberry-Stone

One of the great treasures that many of us are blessed with is our memory.  Many people who witnessed the World Series in ’85 use their memory to describe events to those who were born after ’85 or were too young to remember. As people age, we sometimes chuckle that we are “losing” our memory.  It is not a laughing matter! Our memories can be enhanced through the use of certain essential nutrients!

Choline is an essential nutrient and it’s primary function is to aid in the health benefits of the brain relating to memory, focus and concentration. Choline is an important nutrient during the prenatal development of offspring and contributes heavily to the development of the brain. Choline assists in a wide range of functions including motor control and memory, a deficiency may be related to neurological disorders.

In “94, my wife, Michelle, and I formed our health and nutritional company, Life Priority. We learned the importance of using high quality nutrients to help support and insure your mental and physical health. Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw are famous research scientists, authors  and the formulators of the Life Priority Designer Foods line.  MIND Brain Health Supplement

Durk & Sandy are famous research scientists who have spent their lives helping millions better understand the aging process and how it might be slowed as we age.  One of the Life Priority Designer Food formulas that Durk & Sandy created is MIND.  MIND is a great tasting lemon-flavored drink mix that contains 1 gram of choline per serving.  Drink MIND when you want to focus and concentrate!

 

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

Coaching/Managing a Team…Is It For Everyone? by Greg Pryor

Coaching/Managing a Team…Is It For Everyone?Greg Royals 1985

From age 7 to 37, I played baseball under the guidance of dozens of coaches and managers.  From age 7 to 22, I played as an amateur, and then, after I signed my first pro contract with the Washington Senators in 1971, I played 16 years as a professional.  I would like to offer some personal views on the subject of coaching and/or managing.

Prior to playing in high school and college, my teams were coached by volunteers.  My most vivid memories of “volunteer” coaches was how loudly they screamed at me and my teammates.  My college coach at Florida Southern College, Hal Smeltzly, had the most pleasant personality of all of my baseball coaches. He was a great motivator and I never remember him screaming.  As I look back though, the bad coaches simply help me appreciate the good ones.

As an example, when I became a professional, my first manager got frustrated with my poor performance during first game of a double-header.  As he was reading out the lineup for the second game to the team, he looked at me and said, “Pryor, you can take your uniform off and I don’t care what you do.”  I was crushed.  If I did not have the desire to improve and have that “no matter what” attitude, I would not have an ’85 KC Royals World Series ring!

KC Royals 1985 World Series Win
KC Royals 1985 World Series Win

Advice for Volunteer Coaches

In my opinion, baseball is the best team sport in the world.  Thanks to all volunteers and parents for helping young people learn how to play baseball.  Mostly, the game is learned between the lines during the games by players who desire to improve.  Players will get tested by the competition and then find areas that need improvement.  Players will remember your “nice” personality more than your “expertise”.  When I coached my girls in softball for 5 summers, my practices were organized so that most of my players were moving—doing something to improve.  During your practices, create drills that help all players stay as active as possible.  Ask parents not to yell at the umpires or coach from the stands.  Check out my tips on how to be a better ballplayer below.

Advice for Paid Coaches/Managers

The odds say that 99.9% of your players will not become a pro ballplayer.  You do have a 100% opportunity to help a young player improve as a high school or college player.  Being paid to coach does not equate to being a good coach.  Each player thinks differently. You need to know how they think and adjust accordingly. If you are worthy, you will know how to explain the better way to run, catch, hit and throw.  You will recognize which players want to get better and who are more teachable. Your coaching ability will be reflected by the improvement of your players.  Be cheery and positive. Please do not try to force improvement through constant guilt and negativity.

Whether age 7, 37, or 97, being healthy is one of the most valuable areas of your life.  Since 1994, my company, Life Priority, has offer potent, high-quality, time-tested, health and nutrition products.  One of our 19 products, One Per Meal Lifeguard, is a multi-vitamin, multi-mineral that was created by highly intelligent nutritional research scientists. It could be the MVP that can help keep your immune system in the “WIN” column.

 Here are some of my favorite tips on how to play and enjoy the best game ever invented “BASEBALL”

  1. Baseball is a tough sport to master. Have fun learning how to do it.
  2. Strive to be teachable. Every MLB player was taught by other people.
  3. Ask for help. If you are struggling with catching, hitting or throwing, ask for help!  
  1. You can always get better. Your competition is practicing somewhere.   
  2. Don’t make a habit of making excuses because of umpires and coaches.  
  3. If you have good practice habits, you will improve your chances to succeed.
  4. Treat your glove like it is your friend. Take care of it!  
  5. The baseball “knows” if you are scared. Be ready!
  6. Do drills to improve your feet quickness to help make plays easier.
  7. Commend the performance of your teammate(s).
  8. Expect that every pitch will be hit to you! Want it to be hit to you!
  9. The ball will always find the guy who isn’t concentrating.
  10. Learn how to “get the seams” ASAP on ground balls before throwing.
  11. Throw “over the top” with your fingertips right over top of the long seams.
  12. Be aggressive when fielding ground balls. You will make more plays!
  13. If you bobble a ball, use your bare hand to pick it up–not your glove.
  14. Find ways to make your grip and wrists stronger.
  15. To get a better jump on ground balls, anticipate where the ball will be hit.
  16. Develop your own style of getting ready for pitches.
  17. Know where you are going to throw the ball before it is hit to you.
  18. Run everything out! Run everything out! Expect the unexpected!
  19. Look forward to hitting with runners on base.
  20. Don’t worry; you are going to get another hit no matter how bad you are going.
  21. Respect your teammates, coaches, and your parents.  
  22. Be the “cheerleader” in the dugout. Nobody wants to play around a bad attitude.
  23. Hall of Famers, Ted Williams and Wade Boggs, almost always took one strike before hitting. It might help you.
  24. Change your hitting approach when you get 2 strikes. Be a great 2 strike hitter.
  25. The best pitch that you will see all day might be the next one.
  26. Don’t assume anything in baseball. Expect the unexpected!
  27. Don’t be a timid hitter. Swing hard!!

 Tips from Greg Pryor, former MLB infielder with Rangers, White Sox, and Royals

Email me at gpryor@lifepriority.com  Visit my website at www.lifepriority.com

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

          

The Sleeping Brain Decides What to Remember and What to Forget

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Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw’s Life Extension News Volume 16 No. 4 – April 2013

A new paper1 describes the sleep-dependent memory-processing factory that decides what to do with all that information you encountered during the day. As the paper’s authors point out, only some of that information is consolidated so as to become a part of a long-term knowledge base. The paper sifts through evidence from studies of naps, sleep deprivation, correlations of sleep stages and memory processing, sleep physiology, regional brain activity measured during and after sleep with PET and fMRI studies, cellular firing patterns, and synaptic and intracellular measures of plasticity to conclude that there is convincing evidence of sleep processing of memory with improvement of the overall knowledge base.

The authors discuss the new understanding that not all information is uniformly preserved, but that there is an exquisite selection process of memories underway during sleep. For example, they report that emotional memories can be selectively consolidated, especially during rapid eye-movement (REM) sleep. It has also been found that memories can be selectively maintained when they contain information on potential monetary rewards. Interestingly, when subjects of sleep memory studies have been told that they would be tested on certain areas of information and not on others provided before sleep, they were found after sleep to have retained more of the information they were told they would be tested on. Hence, the brain “knew” what to do to recall the relevant information.

Moreover, the authors explain, it is possible for the brain to generate new information during the processing of the memory-derived information. “Whether consolidation necessarily precedes these integrative processes (serial processing) is not yet known, but no clear cases of integration without consolidation have been observed. We use the term ‘memory evolution’ to reflect both the qualitative changes that can occur during such integrative processing and the extended time course over which they occur.”1 In gist extraction, the authors refer to the identification of commonalities between items in a collection of memories even when individual item memories are forgotten. Some studies have been found to show that during sleep subjects can extract overarching rules that govern recently studied sets of information, such that understanding of relationships between the sets is improved following sleep.

One study reported by the authors dealt with subjects taught a rote method for solving a class of mathematical problems for which there was a shortcut solution (about which subjects were not told). After a night of post-training sleep, however, subjects were found to be 2.6 times more likely to discover this shortcut than after an equal period of time awake (59.1 versus 22.7% of subjects).1 But, interestingly, even those who did not discover the shortcut benefitted from sleep by improving the speed with which they were able to perform the rote method of solving the problems. Those who became faster without discovering the shortcut improved their speed (using the rote method) three times more than either those who discovered the shortcut or those who remained awake.

This study examines important sleep processes at a systems level rather than at a neurotransmitter level. Understanding sleep involves comprehending its mechanisms from the micro-level details (neuro­transmitters and synapses) to the overarching system architecture.

Reference

  1. Stickgold and Walker. Sleep-dependent memory triage: evolving generalization through selective processing. Nat Neurosci. 16(2):139-45 (2013).