The Forty Most Important Minutes Each Day: Are You Using Them Well?
There are forty minutes each day in which our memory is vastly more receptive than it is during the other 23 hours and 20 minutes. This 40-minute ‘super memory’ period is divided into two parts: the 20 minutes before we sleep, and the 20 minutes after we first awake.
The theory supporting this is pretty simple. First, the last information you input into your brain before a good night’s sleep has a better chance of taking root than information acquired during the hustle bustle of normal daily routine; and, second, your mind is free of distraction when you first awake in the morning — so more receptive to inputs, like a blank slate.
The technique really works, but like many things, it takes practice and discipline to hone and perfect it.