When you wake up early in the morning do you feel drowsy? Tired? Worn out? Or the exact opposite? Edgar? Peppy? Enthusiastic? Do you know the days when you feel happy, and when you feel worn out. Well, I bet that you feel great when you get enough sleep, and you feel worn out when you don’t. Sleep doesn’t only effect how you feel, but other important things as well. Such as your memory, mood, and much more.
That was what happen in sleep, but what impact does sleep have? It has an impact of our memory. According to Neuropsychologist Brenda Miller a experiment, she took out the hippocampus of a patient named H.M. And when they took it out, H.M. lost the ability to form both short term memory and long term memory, but he was able to do physical tasks with repetition because when we sleep, we regulate and balance our vital systems. And while that is happening, the Declarative Memory is stored in the anterior part of your hippocampus. Most importantly our brain is restructuring. This is very crucial for our memory. Normally we forget about 40% of the new things we learn in the first 20 minutes, also known as the forgetting curve. A 19 century phycologist figured that this can be solved by which when our short term memory is moved to our long term memory. This is called Memory Consolidation.
When you wake up from sleep, there are also other things that sleep impacts us on. Try to imagine a day when you don’t sleep at all and feel tired and groggy. Then the next thing you now you are fighting with your friend for not a really good reason. This is a scenario that might happen if you don’t get enough sleep. You might not feel good. And then your mood changes. Your mood might cause you to feel angry or sad. It might even make you want to suicide. It won’t only make you feel that way but, it can also affect your risk taking behavior. Another reason that sleep affects you is because it can cause mood swings. Mood Swings are when you abruptly change your mood.