Finding yourself struggling to remember small things? Well, how much sleep are you getting?
A study published in Sleep has found that sleep promotes growth between neurones; prior to this, it was understood that there was some connection between sleep and memory, but now the mechanism is understood.
Researchers trained mice to walk across a rotating rod (a new skill), and then either let them sleep as normal or subjected them to sleep deprivation. The brains of rested mice formed significantly more neural connections than the sleep deprived mice.
The takeaway: start taking sleep seriously. If you aren’t getting enough, it’s time to visit a doctor.