In a new study from the University of Freiburg in Germany, researchers have found that sleep effectively resets the build-up of connections in the brain. This process is vital to brain function regarding memory and learning. Even a loss of a single night’s sleep interfered with the brain’s ability to reset this connectivity, causing the brain to become overloaded with connections and electrical activity inhibiting the brain’s ability to create new memories.
Christoph Nissen, a psychiatrist that led the study, has gone on to say that these results have the potential for helping people with mental health disorders. “Why we sleep is a fundamental question. Why do we spend so much of our lives in this brain state? This work shows us that sleep is a highly active brain process and not a waste of time. It’s required for healthy brain function,” said Nissen.
Sleep Resets the Brain Connections Crucial for Memory and Learning