Saturday, June 7, 2014

Memory and Sleep Connection

Recent studies have been done with mice to study the effects sleep has in learning. According to these studies, mice who were able to sleep after learning had established more connections between the nerves in their brains than those mice who were deprived of their precious sleep. Mice who were able to sleep showed considerable growth in the lengths of their dendritic cells, over those that did not. According to the papers, the actual mechanism by which this occurs remains unknown, but results were observed.

With finals week coming up soon, this seemed like a relevant topic to post, as a reminder to sleep before your tests, and that sacrificing some of your sleep to cram into the wee-hours of the night right before, might not actually be the best idea. Good luck with your finals everyone!

Here is a link to the article I found about the study.

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