It seriously irritates and hampers your productivity when you don’t sleep well. Eyes are tired, the mind is not fresh, your body drags you all through the day without josh and your entire day’s productivity is not fulfilled. Minimal sleep aggravates mood changes and anxiety both of which can invoke memory-related problems. Insufficient sleep remains the number one cause of forgetfulness.
Enriched memory skills serve as a powerful tool in various spheres of life. On the other hand, being forgetful reduces quality of life, makes things more complicated and brings about a constant sense of frustration and worry. For instance, if you are a very forgetful person you might even miss out on your wallet while going out. A similar incident happened to my husband who is one of the most forgetful persons in life. It was my birthday and we had all gone out to enjoy a peaceful dinner meal. Halfway through he suddenly remembered that he had once again missed to take his wallet along. So, we returned all the way back home which resulted in waste of time, energy, increased hunger and all of our moods were totalled dampened. But now researchers have come up with a solution to solve the miseries of forgetfulness to some extent.
Unable to retrieve something? Its better to wait until the later part of the day. This is the latest result from a study on mice that seems to be in possession of a gene that influences memory recall on different times of day also increasing forgetfulness at certain other times. Memory is a critical aspect that needs perfect studying and understanding as the biology of forgetting is complicated-it is rather difficult to differentiate between not knowing and not recalling. For instance, researchers feel that forgetting comes into picture mainly because individuals don’t take much care to truly learn something that’s been taught newly. For instance, you have met someone recently and looking forward to being friends with them. The first thing we do is to exchange our names but the very minute after knowing it you are unable to remember-this is mainly because you are not able to recall the information from where it is stored in the brain. This could have frequently happened to most of us-we sing a song but very frequently forget the lyrics during the process thereby humming to the music or fitting our own lyrics instead.
To test the recall capability, a group of researchers innovated a memory test that could differentiate between not learning versus knowing but not being able to remember. The research team evaluated the memory capability of young adult male and female mice. Each of the mice were allowed to explore a new object during the ‘learning’ or ‘training’ phase. During the ‘recall’ phase the researchers looked for how long the mice touched the displayed object when it was reintroduced. Results showed that mice spent less time touching those objects that they were previously introduced to earlier. Such objects were once again recalled during different times of the day to judge the mice’s memory capability. The experiment was repeated with both healthy mice and those without BMAL 1-a protein that ensures the functioning of various genes. This protein is found in low levels before a person gets out of bed and at high levels before he/she goes to sleep, in general later part of the day. Results showed that mice that trained just before they woke up and tested immediately after they went to sleep recognized the objects. Another group of mice trained just before waking up but 24 hours later could not remember the objects. Both, healthy mice and those without BMAL 1 showed similar results with the difference that mice without the protein showed increased signs of forgetfulness before waking up. This was seen in their capacity to recognize objects or other mice as well.
Its not something new that the body’s circadian cycle, one that regulates sleep-wake cycle, also has a definite impact on memory and learning. Its not seen clearly that circadian clocks regulate memory recall too. Read more about circadian cycle and its effect on human health from the website www.firsteatright.com. The next step is for the researchers to identify ways to boost memory retrieval through the protein pathway and use this to cure diseases like Alzheimer’s.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.