How Sleep Affects Memory
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Our ability to remember things does much more than simply allow us to function effectively in the world, it helps define who we are as people. Good memory is intimately tied to good sleep. During sleep, our brain processes temporary mental traces of our daily experiences, replaying nerve patterns that occurred during the day, organizing concepts, and storing information for later recall. With insufficient sleep, much of what we learn is lost, and it's likely that some of the memory impairments associated with aging may result from poor sleep. This audio archive will introduce you to the fascinating world of memory and sleep, including:
-the basics of how memory works
-what causes memory loss
-how various stages of sleep may enhance different types of memory, and
-suggestions on how to improve the quality and timing of sleep to maintain and possibly improve memory.