Can sleep rob you of the capacity to remember? According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, the answer is “yes”. The article states that if your sleep is punctuated by mini-awakenings, these occurrences can rob you of the ability to commit new skills to memory. You might have gotten eight hours of sleep, and may not even feel tired. But when sleep is interrupted frequently–as it is in a wide range of disorders, including sleep apnea, alcoholism and Alzheimer’s disease–the ability to learn new things can be dramatically impaired.
Has the lack of sleep ever affected your memory? We believe this new study is right on target.