Sleep on it, Learn it better.
Motivating people to seek learning opportunities AND helping them remember what they learn.

Trainees and All


Seeking to learn new things requires drive and commitment. Often, people hesitate to dive into learning new things. They have self doubt. They assume that they are already physically and mentally "busy" and therefore might not be able to remember anything new.

Sometimes, people underestimate their interest and capacity to learn new information or skills out of their fear of forgetting new information. Perhaps, also their fear of losing face if they come across as poor in recalling/learning.


Self-doubt, reluctance, or half-hearted attempts - all these happen in the waking state. What about when people are asleep? Might sleep be a new playing field for information/skill learning interventions?

One subgroup of people that I find interesting is Trainees. They are already being asked to soak up lots of information like a sponge. Naturally, some is forgotten. So, might trainees be an ideal test group for the intervention I'm conceptualizing here?


Learning and recall depend on memory. Memory consolidation happens while awake and while sleeping. There's already too much going on in our lives while awake. Instead, I suggest sleep-cueing the brain (with sounds, odors, etc) to achieve targeted memory reactivation. 1. In awake learning activities, a phone app exposes the user to sound cues (and maybe odorants). 2. During sleep, the app replays the cues - spurring retrieval & consolidation of those memories. Thus, strengthening the learning.

How would you stage or advertise your hack?

Advertise it as a learning and memory enhancement app to a select "by invitation only" group of employees or trainees. All those who sign up to participate are asked to learn at least one new quantum of information, or skill, or procedure per day. They are provided with phones loaded with the app... and thus the trial starts.

Analysis of the data from each test group is used to refine the protocol for the subsequent group. However, past groups are encouraged to keep learning, albeit at a self-determined pace. Later, these past groups shall be reanalyzed for learning pace and motivation - my hypothesis is that they shall outperform the average employee who has never been part of the intervention.