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Researchers: Uninterrupted sleep helps consolidate memories

Researchers: Uninterrupted sleep helps consolidate memories (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The best gift to give yourself this holiday weekend may be more sleep.

For lasting memories, don't skimp on sleep. That's the latest suggestion from specialists at the Cleveland Clinic on Thursday as we get ready to head into a busy weekend, with lots of shopping, travel, and family time.

This weekend, if you want to remember the joy you shared, you might want to make sure when you make your list and check it twice to make sure that you have uninterrupted snoozing on it!

It turns out, according to specialists at the Cleveland Clinic, that disrupted sleep can actually impact people’s ability to form memories.

While sleep is important for everything from better blood pressure to reducing weight gain, specialists at the Cleveland Clinic say sleep gives new memories time to consolidate.

While a number of studies have shown that if you disrupt sleep, you don't remember as much information as you would if you had get a full good night of sleep when it comes to the brain and memory, rest may be critical in another way.

In Alzheimer’s disease, it is now known that there is a build-up of abnormal proteins in the brain.

Researchers in the report say that those with Alzheimer's who have sleep disorders appear to build more of those abnormal proteins in the brain.

While researchers aren't sure which comes first the proteins or the sleep problems this team says there is now evidence that healthy brains can show signs of abnormal plaque build-up after one night of disrupted sleep.

Making sleep a priority puts your brain in a better position to retain memories that you want to hold onto for years to come.

To the idea that abnormal sleep may set the stage for people to develop Alzheimer is still in the research stages.

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