Impact sommeil sur santé cérébrale

We spend an average of one third of our lives sleeping. We know it and we always hear that sleep is restorative. But why? What happens „when we turn off the lights”? The Brain continues to „work“! It regenerates, it learns, remembers ... etc. The Brain is indeed a hard worker!

Let me explain what happens during sleep.

To study brain activity during sleep, the electroencephalogram is commonly used. It measures the electrical activity of the brain with electrodes. It has been observed that sleep corresponds to a succession of cycles. A cycle is formed of an alternation between slow wave sleep and paradoxical sleep.

Thanks to these processes, there will be benefits on both physical and mental health. Indeed, sleeping has an effect on:

- Concentration and memory. Sleep will strengthen the memory trace. By the way, little tip: when you have to learn something, it is better to do it over time, rather than doing it the day before or in a couple of hours. It allows the information to be consolidated during the night.

- Mood and emotional regulation. Poor quality or quantity of sleep increases the risk of irritability and depressive symptoms.

- Weight management. Indeed, a lack of sleep can lead to significant weight gain.

- Immune system and therefore health in general. Sleep deprivation would have an impact on the nature and the number of your immune cells.

If sleep is not your best friend, I prepared another article for you with some tips to improve it!


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Caroline Joubert: Neuropsychologist

Caroline Joubert obtained a Master’s degree in Psychology from the Université de Caen with a specialisation in Neuropsychology and an Inter-University Diploma from the Université Paris 8 in Psychopathology and Neurological Illness. She has been responsible for neuropsychological assessments and neuropsychological rehabilitation of adults and children in several hospitals in France. At ELLISTRA, she is bringing her expertise in neuroscience to create new content (videos, articles, etc.).

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Impact sommeil sur santé cérébrale

How does sleep affect your brain health?

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We spend an average of one third of our lives sleeping. We know it and we always hear that sleep is restorative. But why? What happens „when we turn off the lights”? The Brain continues to „work“! It regenerates, it learns, remembers ... etc. The Brain is indeed a hard worker!

Let me explain what happens during sleep.

To study brain activity during sleep, the electroencephalogram is commonly used. It measures the electrical activity of the brain with electrodes. It has been observed that sleep corresponds to a succession of cycles. A cycle is formed of an alternation between slow wave sleep and paradoxical sleep.

Thanks to these processes, there will be benefits on both physical and mental health. Indeed, sleeping has an effect on:

- Concentration and memory. Sleep will strengthen the memory trace. By the way, little tip: when you have to learn something, it is better to do it over time, rather than doing it the day before or in a couple of hours. It allows the information to be consolidated during the night.

- Mood and emotional regulation. Poor quality or quantity of sleep increases the risk of irritability and depressive symptoms.

- Weight management. Indeed, a lack of sleep can lead to significant weight gain.

- Immune system and therefore health in general. Sleep deprivation would have an impact on the nature and the number of your immune cells.

If sleep is not your best friend, I prepared another article for you with some tips to improve it!


Image

Caroline Joubert: Neuropsychologist

Caroline Joubert obtained a Master’s degree in Psychology from the Université de Caen with a specialisation in Neuropsychology and an Inter-University Diploma from the Université Paris 8 in Psychopathology and Neurological Illness. She has been responsible for neuropsychological assessments and neuropsychological rehabilitation of adults and children in several hospitals in France. At ELLISTRA, she is bringing her expertise in neuroscience to create new content (videos, articles, etc.).

Image

Caroline Joubert: Neuropsychologist

Caroline Joubert obtained a Master’s degree in Psychology from the Université de Caen with a specialisation in Neuropsychology and an Inter-University Diploma from the Université Paris 8 in Psychopathology and Neurological Illness. She has been responsible for neuropsychological assessments and neuropsychological rehabilitation of adults and children in several hospitals in France. At ELLISTRA, she is bringing her expertise in neuroscience to create new content (videos, articles, etc.).

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