To Hit the Save Button on New Memories, Slow and Speedy Brainwaves Must Sync up at Exactly the Right Moment

To Hit the Save Button on New Memories, Slow and Speedy Brainwaves Must Sync up at Exactly the Right Moment

Sleep is important for memory retention.  In order for the brain to work properly on reaction times and action movements the spindles in the brain must line up at the proper time during sleep. Studies are showing that this is far more likely with a younger person rather than a person of age.  Deep sleep brain waves are vital in the timing of these spindles to line up when needed. Many older people are forgetting things overnight and  younger people are able to remember things learned prior to going to sleep.

Researchers were able to test the ability to line up these spindles to short waved brain waves by testing individuals before they fell asleep and then tracking brain waves while asleep and then testing again upon them waking up. The test showed that the frontal part of the brain in older people had deteriorated causing the brain waves and the spindles to not properly line up. If some sort of electronic boost is given to these brainwaves it will cause for a much better pattern in brainwaves while sleeping which in turn would help a person that suffers from dementia or slow reacting times and bad memory. Older people would then be able to save the memories that are learned day in and day out in life and reuse them later on to make the timing in elderly more efficient.

Key Points:

  • 1As you age, your brainwaves “misstep” during sleep, stopping you from being able to store memories from the day.
  • 2Basically they misfire, so instead of being in sync and storing, they’re moving off and you lose parts of the day.
  • 3The hope that frontal lobe stimulation with electrical pulses will help fix this problem in time.


Moreover, researchers found that the aging brain’s failure to coordinate deep-sleep brainwaves is most likely due to degradation or atrophy of the medial frontal cortex, a key region of the brain’s frontal lobe that generates the deep, restorative slumber that we enjoy in our youth.
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