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Sleeping is our body’s way to solidify memories and recharge – but what happens when we’re unable to sleep properly?

According to research, “people with sleep apnea struggle to remember details of memories from their own lives, potentially making them vulnerable to depression,” – this is concerning, considering over 900 million people suffer from this disorder (“Sleep apnea,” 2019).

“Our study suggests sleep apnea may impair the brain’s capacity to either encode or consolidate certain types of life memories, which makes it hard for people to recall details from the past,” stated Dr. Melina Jackson, the head of the study (“Sleep apnea,” 2019).

The study analyzed 44 adults with obstructive sleep apnea compared to 44 healthy adults – it was found that over 50 percent of individuals who had the disorder had over generalized memories, versus around 18 percent for those who were healthy. Loss of sleep means loss of grey matter in areas that are meant for developing autobiographical memories. More research is needed to explore the full effects of sleep apnea and its link to depression, but the loss of important memories is an ample start (“Sleep apnea,” 2019).


Reference: RMIT University. (2019, January 31). Sleep apnea creates gaps in life memories: People with sleep apnea struggle to remember details of memories from their own lives, putting them at risk of depression. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 3, 2019 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190131101103.htm