New findings of cortical activity during delta wave sleep sheds further light into memory formation

Scientists at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Biology have shown that delta waves emitted while we sleep are not generalized periods of silence during which the cortex rests, as has been described for decades in the scientific literature. Instead, they isolate assemblies of neurons that play an essential role in long-term memory formation. These… Continue reading New findings of cortical activity during delta wave sleep sheds further light into memory formation

Cost of sleep deprivation

A lack of sleep among the U.S. working population is costing the economy up to $411 billion a year, which is 2.28 percent of the country’s GDP, a new report finds. According to researchers at the not-for-profit research organisation RAND Europe, part of the RAND Corporation, sleep deprivation leads to a higher mortality risk and… Continue reading Cost of sleep deprivation

Parental sleep behavior affects children’s sleep

 A new study indicates that children’s sleep duration may be influenced by parental sleep duration and confidence, which suggests that efforts to address insufficient sleep among children may require family-based interventions. Results of a parental survey show that higher parent confidence in the ability to help children get enough sleep was significantly associated with an… Continue reading Parental sleep behavior affects children’s sleep