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…

Sleep's role in memory consolidation unpicked

On October 3, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

New research has started to unpick the mechanism that allows sleep to enhance memory consolidation. Sleep spindles, a type of brain activity recorded during stage two of sleep, has repeatedly been associated with improving brain plasticity and consolidating memory. Scientists are now drawing closer to explaining the mechanism behind this…

Heart disease: Could sleep disorders play a role?

On September 20, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Getting the right amount of sleep is crucial to a person’s ability to function properly, and sleeping too little or too much has many health consequences. A scientific statement from the American Heart Association asks the question: could sleep disorders be linked to factors that increase the risk of…

Researchers discover Sandman's role in sleep control

On August 5, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Oxford University researchers have discovered what causes a switch to flip in our brains and wake us up. The discovery, published in the journal Nature, brings us closer to understanding the mystery of sleep. Sleep is governed by two systems – the circadian clock and the sleep…