How poor sleep can ruin your memory

Every night as you drift off to sleep, your muscles start to relax, and your heart rate slows. As you fall deeper into sleep, your eyes stop roaming beneath your lids and settle into stillness. Your brain wave activity is low. All is peaceful.

Then in the last 15 minutes of a 90-minute sleep cycle, you hit REM sleep – short for rapid eye movement sleep – and your body starts to accelerate.

During this phase, your brain waves, body temperature, and breathing rate will reach almost-waking levels. While your conscious mind rests and dreams, more complex processes unfold in the background. Your hippocampus begins to consolidate the day’s memories.

Your endocrine system releases hormones that allow your body to repair and grow. Your immune system releases proteins that reduce inflammation. So much happens to us while we sleep, it’s a wonder any of us wake up feeling refreshed.

But we do. A good sleep can make you feel brand new, while a bad sleep is so much worse than just a little grogginess. For adults between 18-60, sleep deprivation is classified as getting less than seven hours of sleep each night.

Sleep deprivation can lead to an increased risk of depression, certain types of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, short and long-term memory problems, weakened immune system, and weight gain. Sleep deprivation can also prime your amygdala (the emotional regulator in your limbic system) to be more sensitive, making you feel on-guard and more irrational.

The benefits of a good sleep, however, are manifold. Among them – better concentration, better emotional regulation, better energy levels, and even reduced risks of certain types of cancer.

Improving your sleep

If you’ve ever had a spell of insomnia, worked through jet lag, or been kept up by a new baby, you already know how tricky it is to treat bad sleep. The first port of call is improving sleep hygiene by:

  • Cutting off caffeine intake at midday
  • Going to sleep and waking at the same time every day
  • No screens before sleep
  • Exercising during the day
  • Meditating before bed
  • Not letting stress go unchecked

If these techniques fail you, the next step for most people is to turn to chemical intervention. However, people often find sleeping pills leave them feeling groggy the next day – and it’s no wonder. So much is happening while you sleep that introducing a chemical agent can disrupt the delicate balance.

Jay Dhaliwal, CEO and founder of wearable tech company Biowin, believes sleep is one of the most common wellness challenges faced by people today and the answer to better sleep isn’t chemical intervention – it’s neurological intervention.

“Sleep, or lack of sleep, has such a devastating impact on people’s ability to function, their quality of life, work productivity, their relationships,” Jay said. “It’s unbelievable how pervasive it is. People might be getting six or seven hours of sleep, but it’s never a deep, restorative sleep. They get shallow sleep, and wake up tired.”

Jay began his research into wearable neurohaptic products in the early 2000s when he became frustrated by the lack of treatment options for his mum, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1983.

“I was completely driven by this insatiable desire to help my mum,” he says.

Exploring alternative solutions like Biowin REM Patches

At Biowin, Jay’s aim is to improve the quality of life for a million people just like his mum and tackling sleep deprivation is one of ways he’s achieving this. How? With neurohaptic solutions that are one step away from magic.

Wearable neurohaptic technology is a non-invasive, instantaneous way to regulate your brain waves and nudge you towards better, deeper sleep.

Jay, who previously worked in corporate IT, approached the problem of bad sleep like a data scientist and analysed over a quarter of a million brain wave readings (EEGs) to isolate a normative regulatory process for good sleep.

“We found patterns of consistency, of good sleep, and then poor sleep,” Jay says. “We were able to develop stimulation products that can help you to get the most ideal sleep they can. Nothing’s a hundred percent, of course. But if we can nudge people along toward better sleep without a pill, then I think that’s a massive win for everybody.”

Using the incredibly sensitive receptors embedded in our skin, Jay says his wearable tech products transfer stimulation patterns from a disposable neurohaptic patch to the brain. The stimulation helps to regulate processes and nudge you toward normative brain wave patterns. In other words, they make your eight hours count.

“You can wear [patches] almost anywhere. I wear it on my upper arm,” says Jay. The patches last for 48 hours, contain no chemicals and send no electrical impulses. Just pure, neurohaptic magic and a timely solution for anyone who can’t get a good night’s sleep.

Oh, and by the way: Jay’s mum is still with us and wears Biowin’s REM patches to bed every night. As a 40-year patient of MS, she has no pain, no soreness, and 100% cognitive function. “Her doctors see her and [they’re] like ’How are you–?’. She’s like, ‘I’m going to outlive you all’. She’s that strong,” says Jay. “The manifestation of why I do this is relevant every day when I kiss my mum good morning.”

Biowin’s neurosocks and neuropatches are the non-invasive, drug-free path to wellness. Visit mybiowin.com today to view the full range of neurohaptic products available.

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