Forgetfulness Not Tied To Old Age

December 27, 2017

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It seems the older we get the more forgetful we become.   You forget where you parked the car, forget to bring the coupons to the store or forget why walked into a room.  While you could say that forgetfulness comes with age, a new study says your fuzzy memory has nothing to do with age but poor sleep. The study found that the brain waves of older adults become out of sync during poor sleep. These brain waves may play a critical role in the ability to download new memories and causing us to be forgettable.  Unfortunately, these waves are regulated in the area of the brain that regulates deep sleep.  As we age this area gradually declines in effectiveness and it is thought that treatments using electrical or magnetic pulses to stimulate the activity in this area of the brain and get those waves firing in sync again.  Potentially, this could help older adults who are having trouble with memory loss as well as those suffering from dementia or other conditions that involve memory impairment.

SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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