Extra Sleep Hours Improves Memory in Alzheimer Patient

Sleep boosts up memory

A startling study sheds light on the relation between sleep and neurological defect. It suggests that extra three to four hours sleep help brain to restore memories in Alzheimer patients.

Earlier, all the sleep related studies only discussed the connection of sleep with memory. For the first time, any study talked about the significance of sleep for Alzheimer patients.

Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine chose fruit flies for the experiment.  The brains of fruit flies are pretty similar to humans in terms of sleep control. Experts divided the flies into three different groups.  Afterwards, they disable a different memory gene in every group. However, they also gave extra sleep hours to the last group. The primary objective of the study was to disturb the production of new memories.

In the first group, the disabled gene gives birth to a new memory disorder. Symptoms of the condition were pretty similar to Alzheimer’s disease. In the second group, the gene made it difficult for brain to connect with memories.  In the last group, researchers observed disabled gene along with additional sleep restored memories.

Stephane Dissel, a senior scientist at Shaw’s laboratory, discussed the research in detail. He informs that sleep was unable to replace the disabled gene. However, it tries to cure all the physiological issues.

Sleep directly affects the brain cell connection that is responsible to encode important memories. Additionally, it cut down the brain connection that works on insignificant memories.

The study is printed in Journal Current Biology.

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