Rhythm of Sleep Linked to Forgetfulness of the Elderly People

Published By : 19 Dec 2017 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

As human beings begin to age, their brains tend to loose rhythm at night. Thus, brains of older people are more likely to forget things. Two waves of the brain that belong to older people tend to have lesser coordination when they are in deep sleep. Effective coordination between two brain waves are necessary to store new memories.

Findings Provide Solutions for Forgetfulness of Aging Brains

Professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Matt Walker says that synchronization of brain waves does not happen properly in the brains of elderly people. This finding seems to offer some sort of answer to the question of how old people without Alzheimer’s or dementia suffer from forgetfulness. 


The report has been published in a journal called Neuron and it is hailed as the first of its kind finding that has found a relationship between cellular mechanism and shortage of memory consolidation. The report finds out that cellular mechanism could be affected with the process of ageing therefore resulting in forgetfulness.

However, to medically establish the findings as a cause for forgetfulness, the researchers would now require to disrupt the rhythm of the brain waves and create memory problems in the brains of young people.

The study resulted from an initiative that was taken to comprehend how sleeping brains make lifetime memories from short-term memories.  

The study was conducted at first conducted with 20 young people and then with 32 people who were in their 60s and 70s. The study also makes a suggestion that it is possible to improve and treat impaired memory through re-synchronization of the said rhythms during deep sleep.

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