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Study: Interrupted sleep impairs memory

According to a new study of mice, waking up too frequently prevents the brain from forming new memories.

July 26, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
New parents who say they don't remember much since their children were born may not be too far from the truth.

According to a study of mice, waking up too frequently prevents the brain from forming new memories.

The study showed that mice that had a good night sleep were highly curious and investigating new objects and ignoring old ones. But those that had a fragmented sleep explored old objects as if they had never seen them before.

The study conducted by Stanford University could help explain conditions like Alzheimer's and sleep apnea.


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