How Does the Sleeping Brain Improve Our Memory?

It’s an enticing idea. While we are sleeping soundly away in bed, our brains are working on the day’s memories and organising them appropriately. If sleep is undisturbed, we are better equipped to remember our day time experiences the following day. Earlier this month, a recent paper in Current Biology has shed some light on…

Sleep’s Positive Impact on Traumatic Memories

Sleep is inescapable. Some will see it as a necessary evil and others will claw at it with limited success. It may leave us (largely) immobile but it is anything but a passive state. Sleep paves the way for new neural connections to be made, clears the brain of harmful waste products, is protective against…

Why Do We Dream?

“What does my dream mean?!” “Sorry…?” “I’ve heard you study sleep. I mean I think I’ve worked it out myself but I wanted an expert opinion.” “Erm…” It doesn’t take long to drift into questions about dream analysis when I tell people that I study sleep. I don’t entirely blame them. It’s a subject which…