Teens learn music and sports best before bed

New findings discussed on our Research Digest suggest that "procedural learning" (practice at the kind of skill that you do, rather than talk about) is more effective right before sleep.

Learning factual material, by contrast, (dependent on "declarative memory"), is found to be more effective when done in the afternoon, seven and a half hours before sleep, although the evidence for this was less convincing and should be treated with caution.