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The Brains use of REM sleep

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1 The Brains use of REM sleep on Tue Jan 24, 2017 2:21 pm

Nature Neuroscience, 2017. DOI: 10.1038/nn.4479

Hello Everyone!

My name is Veronica Rubio. I am a senior with a Biological Sciences major and IMSD Scholar. I recently read a published article discussing the importance of REM sleep for brain development in juvenile and adolescent brains. This article actually points out that without proper REM sleep, the brain is unable to eliminate unneeded spines made while learning. This stops the strengthening of new spines that can help use comprehend/ remember new information.

Personally, this article makes me wonder how badly do undergraduate/graduate students harm their strengthening of new spines during finals or mid-terms week when the average student sleeps 0-4 hours per day? Does anyone else have any opinions on the subject?

Thank you!

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