Sleep Deprivation and Memory Loss

A good night’s sleep makes you feel better and it’s crucial to your brain’s ability.

During sleep, your brain is processing information and forming memories. So, if you don’t sleep you don’t consolidate your memory, your brain won’t be able to learn and retain new information.

For example, if you don’t sleep all night because you want to study, you might not be able to do the test because you won’t remember most things you studied during the night.

So, if you want to have a good memory, you should sleep the time that you need.

Ana Rita, Beatriz, Inês e Mariana.

How to improve your memory

Everyone can improve their memory, as long as you are not suffering from memory loss as a medical condition. If you want to improve your memory, there are a number of things you can do, for example:

  • You should eat a healthy diet: eat lots of fish, fruit, vegetables and drink lots of water. Don´t drink too much alcohol and don´t smoke because it makes your brain smaller.
  • You should get organised because if you aren’t, you forget things you have to do more easily. Write down your appointments and say them out loud at the same time to remember them better.

Sofia, Bárbara, Lara, Mariana.

Amnesia

Amnesia is the loss of memory for a short period of time usually caused by trauma, head injury or psychological problems.

Psychological problems, like depression, stress anxiety are present in many patients that have memory loss.

Head injuries and traumas can make a small cut in your head which stops the blood flow and your brain doesn’t receive oxygen and that leads to the death of brain tissue.

OTHER CAUSES OF AMNESIA:

- Sedatives and some medications  may cause memory loss;

- Lack of Vitamin B1;

- Alcohol abuse;

- Hormonal changes are responsible for memory loss;

- And so forth …

João Pires, ,Mateus Melo Ferreira e Ricardo Viana