10/22/2014 08:46 am ET Updated Oct 23, 2014

3 Things You Can Literally Learn In Your Sleep

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If someone suggested you play music or light a scented candle while you slept to better remember what you learned earlier in the day, you'd probably laugh.

But while you might not be able exchange a night of studying for playing some jazz while you snooze, there are some surprising skills you can strengthen overnight — some simply by playing a specific tune or by infusing your bedroom with a distinct smell.

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