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Sleep and Memory Loss – What’s the link?

Childhood times; As soon as the clock struck 9 in the evening, there was the immediate call of our mothers, telling us to hit the bed. The next morning, we rose early, fresh and excited for school. Ever wonder why each mother correlated an early sleeping time with a productive day at school? Ever wonder why today, you no longer feel as refreshed after your (mini)sleep? Growing up and successful certainly changes us, but our bodily needs of sleep – not so much.

A good sleep time is like a much-needed break for the body. It gives us the energy to perform better: physically, mentally, and emotionally. It is known that sleep relates with several important brain functions: cognition, productivity, and concentration. Thus, whether you are a workaholic CEO, or a general employee, remember that your success in the field depends upon your productivity, and your productivity certainly depends upon your sleep pattern.

However, refreshing you, is not all that sleep holds in making your careers shine. Newer researches have concluded a link between sleep deprivation and memory loss. Imagine you have an important meeting to host, and as soon as the client asks a simple question regarding the statistics of your proposal – you could not remember. It would feel as if it is on the edge of your brain, however, you are unable to grasp it. The inability to grasp a memory can result in a bad impression, and inevitably, the loss of an important client. Such is the importance of a good memory in the corporate world. A world without second chances, you must keep your bases clear. Sleep deprivation and memory loss issues must not be taken lightly.

One may wonder, how does sleep affect memory psychology? Our memories are stored in the Hippocampus of the brain. From there, the brain waves transfer the memories to the Prefrontal cortex to be stored for long-term use. However, poor sleep results in the memories remaining stuck in the Hippocampus. As they do not make their way to storage, sleep deprivation leads to memory loss. This is partially why, as children we got enough sleep and thus were able to remember what was taught in schools. By the time we grew up, our sleep time began to decrease and thus the inverse relationship between sleep and memory loss came into play.

Sleep weakens the consolidation of memories in our brains, and thus poses problems in their recall. This in turn, can affect judgement of individuals. Some memory tests conclude individuals without enough sleep were bound to think they were right, when in actuality they were not. Any such potential effects on decision-making skills can be detrimental for career prospects, especially for established CEOs. One wrong decision, one forgetful decision, and everything could go downhill.

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