Does sleep loss affect men and women’s memory differently?

Sleep loss is a major cause of serious, and sometimes fatal, accidents. There is consistent evidence linking poor sleep to road traffic and numerous industrial accidents such as the nuclear explosion at Chernobyl. One reason for this, besides sleep’s importance for concentration and attention, rests on our inability to accurately gauge to what extent sleep…

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…

Can we modify specific stages of sleep to improve our memory?

Our memory is far from perfect. You have probably gone into another room and completely forgot what you went in there for. You stare into space and hope it will come back to you. Was it to pick up keys, tidy something or speak to someone? Nope, it just doesn’t come and you walk back…

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…