Sleep Disturbances Induce Brain Inflammation and Impair Sleep and Memory
We all need sleep. It is an essential function that allows our bodies and brains to recharge and refresh. It is also necessary for us to get enough sleep to help prevent disease and body breakdowns. With a lack of sleep, the brain cannot function properly. Since the brain controls all of our vital functions, the rest of our bodies begin to break down with lack of sleep.
Adults typically need 7-9 hours of sleep a night, and children need significantly more. Diet and lifestyle may affect sleep patterns, but also sleep disturbances may keep us from getting good sleep.
Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep, children need up to 10 or 11 hours of sleep.
There have been many tests in sleep disturbances to prove this. One, as noted below, show that the results of testing and observation of mice suggest that sleep disturbance induces neuro-inflammation in the hippocampus and impairs hippocampus-dependent learning and memory. Pending further human studies, these findings suggest that sleep disturbance-induced neuro-inflammation and impairment of learning and memory may contribute to the development of cognitive function decline in hospitalized patients.
These issues can be further manifested with those that have had Covid.
What can be done about this?
Well, 1) you have the option of taking prescription sleep medications, or 20 you can identify the functional deficits of your brain and implement dietary changes and neuro rehabilitation.
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Zhu, Biao et al. “Sleep disturbance induces neuroinflammation and impairment of learning and memory.” Neurobiology of disease vol. 48,3 (2012): 348-55. doi: 10.1016/j.nbd.2012.06.022