I’ve written a lot about lessons I do with students on the importance of sleep (see THE BEST RESOURCES FOR HELPING TEENS LEARN ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP).

Now, there’s research I can use specifically with English Language Learners about its importance in learning a new language.

Why Sleep Should Be Every Student’s Priority is a new article at the BBC providing an overview of sleep research.

Here’s an excerpt:

And here’s how the article ends:

Clearly, for children as well as adults, prolonged sleep isn’t a sign of laziness in a language learner. It’s critical for our brains’ connections and our bodies’ rhythms.

So, following your next intense Duolingo session, it’s a good idea to sleep on it. You may be surprised the next morning by how much you’ve absorbed.