Sleeping pills correlated with increased cancer risk and decreased brain plasticity | Matthew Walker

Parent Episode: Dr. Matthew Walker on Sleep for Enhancing Learning, Creativity, Immunity, and Glymphatic System

A critical aspect of sleep is that it facilitates learning. It accomplishes this by serving as the final step in cementing the neural connections that occur during daytime hours by prepping the brain for information input, promoting information storage, and providing a mechanism for information transfer and long-term memory formation. Sleep aids, such as sleeping pills, reverse, rather than potentiate, those connections, however. In this clip, Dr. Matthew Walker discusses the harmful effects of sleeping pills on learning and memory formation.

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