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When we looked at the hippocampus in those people who’d had a full night of sleep, we saw lots of healthy learning-related activity. Yet in those people who were sleep-deprived, we actually couldn’t find any significant signal whatsoever.

So it’s almost as though sleep deprivation had shut down your memory inbox, and any new incoming files - they were just being bounced. You couldn’t effectively commit new experiences to memory.

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Sleep is our life-support system and Mother Nature’s best effort yet at immortality, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. In this deep dive into the science of slumber, Walker shares the wonderfully good things that happen when we get sleep - and the alarmingly bad things that happen when we don’t, for both our brain and our body. Spoiler alert: Sleep like your life depends on it.

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