To some of us we always look forward to having a goodnight’s sleep and this new research’s findings is going to give us more reasons to hit our beds at night
Findings from a study conducted by the University of Freiburg led by psychiatrist Christoph Nissen, indicates that sleep resets your brains memory connections, leaving it fresh to make new ones the next day.
The study which was conducted with 20 students between the ages of 19 and 25 years went on to reveal that when we get to the end of the day our brains ‘are saturated with things’ like the conversations, images and facts absorbed in the 18 hours or more that we stayed awake such that the connections in our brains are ‘strong, tense and unable to absorb any more’ making an individual cranky and unable to think clearly
But sleep helps to weaken and wipe those synapses or connections clean to make room for new things.
The findings have been hailed as, “the first concrete explanation of sleep to date, paving the way for practical treatments for insomnia, sleep apnea and mental health disorders that stem of sleeplessness”.
Professor Nissen, however, warns, “Just one rough night of sleeplessness, blocks the brain from resetting, leaving the person foggy, slow and relatively unobservant for the rest of the day”.
So the next time you decide to forgo a goodnight’s sleep to play games, go partying or even cook something delicious just remember that you are doing more harm than good to your body
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