Week 9 First Impression Post

The first idea brought up in the talk falls under the “restoration” concept of why we sleep, the second is “energy conservation” and the third is “memory consolidation.” When discussing the restoration concept, this is the theory that we restore what we burn up during the day. This goes back to the Aristotle age, and has been backed up by modern researchers who have connected certain genes which turn on during sleep in order to perform certain functions to restore what we lost during the day. Energy conservation refers to restoring energy which we lost, though this idea is not very supported due to the fact that on average we only restore about a hot dog bun worth of calories when we sleep which is quite minimal. When discussing memory consolidation or brain processing, this is the most convincing because if you are sleep deprived and you learn a task, it becomes a lot harder to learn overall. When getting a good amount of sleep, this actually enhances our creativity as well as our ability to solve complex problems. This happens due to the fact that those neural connections in our brain become strengthened when we sleep, thus improving our memory of those skills and enhancing our ability to recall them.

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  1. From what you mention here, it seems that you are in support of the memory consolidation theory. You don’t, however, explain much of what it is or why it makes the most sense in relation to the other two theories. Your individual points in support of this theory do make sense though! Sleep is a huge factor is consolidating memory, as can be seen in our daily lives as college students. Since this theory is the most recognizably accurate in our lives, it makes sense why it seems the most convincing to you.

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