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Sleeping pills could improve your memory

PTI  Washington, March 14, 2013
First Published: 23:28 IST(14/3/2013) | Last Updated: 23:32 IST(14/3/2013)

Taking sleeping pills could help a person improve his memory, a controversial new study has claimed. Researchers have confirmed the mechanism that enables the brain to consolidate memory and found that a commonly prescribed sleep aid enhances the process.

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The discovery could lead to new sleep therapies that will improve memory for ageing adults and those with dementia, Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia.

Earlier research found a correlation between sleep spindles — bursts of brain activity that last for a second or less during a specific stage of sleep — and consolidation of memories that depend on the hippocampus.

The hippocampus, part of the cerebral cortex, is important in the consolidation of information from short-term to long-term memory, and spatial navigation.

The hippocampus is one of the first regions of the brain damaged by Alzheimer’s.


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