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How Sleep Deprivation Can Affect Memory

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Sleep Deprivation Impairs Memory and Cognitive Function #

Lack of sleep not only leaves us feeling fatigued but also hinders our ability to form and recall memories. Even just one night of inadequate sleep, especially less than six hours, can impair short-term memory. Prolonged sleep deprivation puts a significant burden on the brain and can make individuals exhibit intoxicated behavior. Sleep plays an active role in consolidation, strengthening and synthesizing connections between neurons that help store memories. Lack of sufficient sleep, particularly REM sleep, can lead to difficulties in memory retention and emotional processing. It can also result in irritability and anxiety.