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Sleep deprivation handicaps the brain’s ability to form new memories, mouse study shows | ScienceDaily

Sleep deprivation handicaps the brain’s ability to form new memories, mouse study shows | ScienceDaily

Studying mice, scientists at Johns Hopkins have fortified evidence that a key purpose of sleep is to recalibrate the brain cells responsible for learning and memory so the animals can “solidify” lessons learned and use them when they awaken — in the case of nocturnal mice, the next evening.

The researchers, all of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, also report they have discovered several important molecules that govern the recalibration process…

Source: Sleep deprivation handicaps the brain’s ability to form new memories, mouse study shows: Chemical recalibration of brain cells during sleep is crucial for learning, and sleeping pills may sabotage it — ScienceDaily