Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee


Memory Loss

Memory loss can be a sign of a serious neurological problem, a psychological disorder (such as a mood disorder), or can occur in some cases due to medical problems or medications. Problems with memory also can occur secondary to sleep disorders. Any disruption in the sleep pattern negatively impacts the brain’s ability to replenish certain types of neurochemicals (such as serotonin) during deep sleep.  These neurochemicals are largely responsible for various different processes, including cognitive function. Cognitive function is related to factors such as our ability to store things into memory, and our ability to plan, focus, and concentrate. As such, the neurochemical deficiency that results from sleep disruption often results in memory problems (amongst other things) – a common complaint in those suffering from untreated sleep disorders.  There is hope, however, in that those who suffer from memory problems as part of their sleep disorder often report a substantial improvement in memory, once their sleep disorder is treated.