The first study concerning poor sleep, memory function, and forgetfulness was recently performed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. UC Berkeley sleep researcher Matthew Walker, an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, says:
“What we have discovered is a dysfunctional pathway that helps explain the relationship between brain deterioration, sleep disruption and memory loss as we get older and with that, a potentially new treatment avenue.” He added: “When we are young, we have deep sleep that helps the brain store and retain new facts and information,” Walker said. “But as we get older, the quality of our sleep deteriorates and prevents those memories from being saved by the brain at night.”
So there you have it. Seems to lend substantial support to claims about the lack of sleep in fibromyalgia and subsequent memory issues. Sleep produces brain waves that ensure memories. Without sleep, forgetfulness and difficulty with remembering names occurs. Therefore, brains forget to store memories, too. Makes sense.
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