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Feeling sleepy? Maybe your brain’s too full

This is where sleep comes in – it puts the brain into an “offline” state during which the synaptic strength accumulated during wakefulness can be surveyed through spontaneous electrical activity. And it ensures the process is uninterrupted by the external environment.

The process returns the system back to a more sustainable, baseline level while, at the same time, keeping a trace of important learning and memory information.

The hypothesis says slow-wave sleep plays a major role in achieving synaptic homeostasis or “renormalisation” by creating an environment that facilitates returning synaptic strength to a normal level.

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About Dr Ramesh Manocha

Dr Ramesh Manocha MBBS BSc (med) PhD is a GP, educator and researcher. His PhD was completed at the Royal Hospital for Women and focused on the scientific evaluation of meditation and the mental silence experience. Ramesh is currently a senior lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry at Sydney University and is also the founder and convenor of Generation Next, a national circuit of professional development seminars for education, health and welfare professionals. View all posts by Dr Ramesh Manocha →
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