It is well known that if people are deprived of sleep, they begin to hallucinate. During waking hours, memories are recorded by reinforcing connections between brain cells, but the memory processes that take place while we are asleep have been unclear. Support is now growing for a theory that the brain can sort through such memories and file them or delete them, where necessary, during sleep.
Dr. Tononi and his team of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, measured the size of these connections, or synapses, in the brains of 12 mice. Over four years of investigations, they found that the synapses in samples taken at the end of the period of sleep were 18% smaller than those in samples taken before sleep. They determined that the connections between neurons weaken during slumber. If this theory is correct, it would explain why, when we miss a night’s sleep, we find it harder to concentrate the next day. We may have less capacity to encode new experiences. Even more reason to invest in a Mindtrack which will help you gain that sleep naturally!