We Sleep To Forget

Two studies, published in Science, have found that when we sleep, the neurons in our brains prune their synapses in order to delete the memory of events not relevant to learning. That space then becomes available to store new essential memory.


1 thought on “We Sleep To Forget”

  1. Interesting. Makes sense. The non-(hard)-scientific approach (Freud) claims that dreams “re-organize” the day’s events. Or long-standing memories, or traumas. In other words Dreams serve as a healer, shuffler. A common torture technique used by the Eastern block in the cold war was to let prisoners sleep but detecting REM, indicative of dreams, wake them up before they could dream. All subjects confessed to anything after a few days. (Don’t let the Orange man find out)


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