So, the myth about the efficiency of “I know Kung Fu” in the Matrix is, somewhat, efficient. But it isn’t efficient enough to learn Kung Fu, if you’re not Keanu Reeves. But other areas, you might gain a set of new skill while you’re in slumber.
A study showed that you can learn something new although you find yourself in a deep sleep. The subject that is exactly they have been experimenting is music. Say, you want to beat your friend over a guitar hero game, you have to — over and over again — listen to the music while you’re sleeping. In the morning, you wake up and you have been prepared. Well at least, you’re familiar with the beat.
Even when you’re asleep, your brain’s hearing pathways don’t shut down, says study author Ken Paller, Ph.D., a cognition professor at Northwestern. Those pathways allow sound information to “make contact” with your memories, stimulating and reinforcing the same patterns of neuron activity that occurred while you were learning, he explains.
If you want to be good in eating, you have to sleep-eating.
So if you want to get expert in certain area, you better learn while you’re sleeping. Now, I want to become excellent programmer, where’s my pillow?
The Surprising Thing You Learn While You Sleep [Men Health]