An interesting graph from an old (1993) paper nicely illustrates the role of sleep in expert performance:

Okay, this isn't exactly breaking news -- it's from a 1993 paper that I was reading today for an article I'm working on. It shows the sleep patterns of three groups of violinists from the Music Academy of West Berlin: one group of students with exceptional promise for a solo career, another of "good" students, and a third group of violinists who were going to become music teachers (presumably because they weren't good enough to become soloists): The paper is famous because it's one of the first to introduce Anders Ericsson's concept of "deliberate practice" and what has become known as the 10,000-hour rule. (The "best" students, along with a control group of actual professional soloists, are shown to have accumulated about 10,000 hours of deliberate practice by the age of 10, compared to about 8,000 hours for the "good" students and 5,000 hours for the teachers.) But the s...

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