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Apr 28, 2011

NOW THIS EXPLAINS A LOT

Studies done at the University of Wisconsin-Madison show that when you are sleep deprived there are parts of your brain that are actually asleep while you are awake.


Well duh!!! I could have told them that. How many times I have gone through my day on auto pilot when I have not slept well the night before.


When I used to have a few nights in a row when I didn't sleep I would notice time would pass and I really didn't remember what I had done during the day.


Did I really eat that bag of cookies? Nope, don't remember that.


Did I say I would put your clothes in the dryer two days ago? Nope don't remember that either. (I am sure that smell will come out when you wash it again)


The researchers kept the little rats in their study awake for 4 hours past their little bedtimes and then recorded the activity of their brain cells (neurons). I didn't know rats had bed times did you?

The rats appeared to be completely awake but their little neurons were not all firing. I know people who are like that all the time. Now maybe they have a good excuse.


The rats were taught a  new task to measure their responses. They were reaching out for a sugar pellet. The more sleep deprived they were the harder it was for them to grab the sugar pellet. Their motor skills were affected.


Think back to my lack of memory about the bag of cookies. I told you I didn't eat them all. I probably wouldn't have been able to actually grab them being in my sleep deprived state.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

10 comments:

vignette design said...

That explains everything! No wonder I can't remember anything anymore!
You are too funny!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Love this.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Kathleen said...

I had Lyme Disease many years ago. I read it can cause memory loss. Yup, I am sure it does. I think! :)

Michelle Goodrum said...

Verrrry interesting. It really does explain a lot. And I'm not just talking about me. hehehe. I can think of another family member....

Kasia said...

That post didn't bring me good news.. o.o I don't sleep at all... At least... I don't remember sleeping... :)

Hugs,

Shawn said...

I think that's a great story to stick too!

Thanks for stopping by today and leaving my a comment. I will definitely come back and read your I say HMMM post after I go get a good nights sleep!

Heather said...

Thanks for sharing this info. Perhaps that is why I can't find anything after I put it away!!

matron said...

Now I know why when I go to get something,I can not remember what it was !!. I have to retrace my steps and go back to what I was doing and hope I can remember.This happens a lot in the mornings,perhaps I do not sleep as well as I thought I did and it is not old age after all.!!!

Sue said...

Good Grief! I guess that is how I those two $14.95 boxes of Esther Price chocolate turtles got consumed! I hope I enjoyed them! LOL

Cindy said...

Now I have a reasonable excuse!

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