What to know about deep sleep

On June 3, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Slow wave sleep, also called deep sleep, is an important stage in the sleep cycle that enables proper brain function and memory. While most adults are aware that they should aim for between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night, the science of sleep is quite complex. The two…

A lack of deep sleep could indicate Alzheimer's development

On January 14, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

A recent study suggests that a warning sign may come before any symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease: Adults who do not get enough deep sleep may be on their way to developing the disease. A lack of deep sleep may lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from the Washington University School of…

Deep sleep's role in visual learning uncovered

On October 6, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

A new study looks into the mechanism behind sleep-dependent neuroplasticity in the process of assimilating new visual information. Researchers from the University of Michigan have conducted a study in mice to investigate how deep sleep influences visual learning. Brain activity during this phase of sleep is crucial to consolidating new…

'Pink noise' boosts deep sleep, memory for older adults

On April 30, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

As we age, our quality of sleep declines. Researchers believe that this may contribute to later-life memory loss. New research, however, suggests that there may be a simple solution to this problem: “pink noise.” Researchers say that pink noise may help to improve deep sleep quality and memory for older…

Genes for dreaming, deep sleep identified in new study

On November 3, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

By analyzing the genes and brain activity of more than 8,000 mice, researchers have identified two genes that control deep sleep and dreaming, opening the door to new treatments for sleep disorders. Researchers have discovered two genes that control dreaming and deep sleep. In a study published in…

Mimicking deep sleep brain activity improves memory

On May 27, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

It is not surprising that a good night’s sleep improves our ability to remember what we learned during the day. Now, researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan have discovered a brain circuit that governs how certain memories are consolidated in the brain during sleep. Published in…

How the brain consolidates memory during deep sleep

On April 18, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Using a computational model, UC Riverside study explains how the hippocampus influences synaptic connections in the cortex. Research strongly suggests that sleep, which constitutes about a third of our lives, is crucial for learning and forming long-term memories. But exactly how such memory is formed is not well…

Deep sleep boosts immunological memory

On September 30, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

It is widely accepted that sleep helps to form long-term memory. Now, scientists from the University of Tuebingen in Germany have proposed that deep sleep may strengthen not only psychological but also immunological memories. Sleep may help in both psychological and immunological memory formation. In an article published…