Ian Sample, editor of The Guardian and
author of the news article, titled “Sleep ‘resets’ brain connections crucial
for memory and learning, study reveals”, has reported a research study conducted
by Christoph Nissen at the University of Freiburg and published in Nature Communications.
Based upon the news article, the research study focused on the importance of
sleep and how the results indicated the disorderly effect sleep deprivation can
have on the brain’s normal functionality.
Our brain requires
sleep daily in order for important information and knowledge intake to be processed,
the reconstruction and strengthening of ideas and memories to occur. Sleep is
very essential for a strong memory as it helps restore and retain information,
transferring short term memory to long term memory and also those with healthy
sleeping habits perform better in memory tasks. According to psychiatrist,
Christoph Nissen, sleep deprivation can not only affect memory but it can
interfere with the brain’s electrical connectivity and activity which can be harder
for memories to be restored.
The author had briefly explained the
methods of the experiment without necessarily laying out details of the study.
He mentioned the number of participants, which were eleven men and nine women
between the ages of nineteen to twenty-five. The author provides the results of
the experiments quite clearly, stating that the well-rested participants were calmer,
whereas the sleep-deprived participant’s brain was confused and the memory
restoring process were almost impossible. Sample does not include any
background information regarding either the research topic, the conductor or
the purpose behind the experiments. The author mentions the psychiatrist and
conductor’s view on the matter, and explained how his determination to find a
practical treatment for depression drew inspiration to furthermore research the
topic. The author repeatedly indicates that the conductor was quite excited
regarding the results as it would assist in the research in depression relating
to therapeutic sleep deprivation, and doesn’t fail to emphasize the importance
of its role in the research by also including various positive remarks about
the study from many researchers in the news article. He also mentions another
research study, in which Christoph Nissen was also involved in, and further
elaborating on the topic of therapeutic sleep deprivation. That being said,
both studies are relatively important, conducted by most of the same researchers
and also is relevant to the initial study he was reporting upon.
However; after thoroughly reading the
journal, the emphasis upon therapeutic sleep deprivation was lacking and the
imperative negative effects of sleep loss was rather stressed.
In conclusion, the author does indeed
successfully deliver the accurate findings of the study, explains the research
topic and the importance of healthy sleep routines. But the conclusion of the
news article may have been slightly misleading, either to make the article more
compelling and conclusive.