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It’s Not Sleep, But It’ll Do

 by Bennett Gordon

Tags: sleep, Department of Defense, brain science, ScienCentral,

The toughest time to fall asleep is often when you really need to. Not getting enough sleep can lead to short-term memory loss, impairing skills needed in high-stress situations. The problem is that high-stress situations can make it very difficult to get to sleep. Scientists at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute think they’ve found a way to help.

Using targeted magnetic impulses, researchers have been able to boost short-term memory, making up for some of the problems associated with sleep deprivation, ScienCentral reports. The research was funded by the Department of Defense and could help soldiers in high-pressure situations. The technique, known as  Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, could also be applied to help with age-related memory loss in and dementia.

You can watch a video about the research below.