It turns out that insomnia may be more related to our nervous system than we previously thought. We already know that biofeedback can help insomnia sufferers sleep, now we’re learning about a study that found neurofeedback had the same effect.
In a recent study, neuroscientists at UC Berkley found an interconnected link between slow brain waves generated during sleep and the consolidation of memories in the hippocampus region of the brain. This brain area it seems provides short term memory storage and processing before being delivered to the prefrontal cortex’s longer term memory “hardrive”.
New brain scans of sleep deprived test subjects suggest that the appeal of junk food to a tired pre-frontal cortex is irresistible.
It seems nowadays that everyone has heard of someone who has taken Ambien or Ambien CR and exhibited bizarre behavior while not fully awake.
According to a 2011 study entitled: Functional Neuroimaging Insights into the Physiology of Human Sleep. by researchers Thien Thanh Dang-Vu, MD, PhD, Manuel Schabus, PhD and others, it shows that when “sleep spindle” shaped brainwaves are present, the auditory sound input is blocked out. So for all intents and purposes you can snooze right next to your human buzz-saw of a partner and never hear a peep.
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