Have you ever noticed that you feel like you need to take a memory supplement when you’re tired and didn’t get much sleep?
If so, your perception of what was happening to you was correct.
Sleep deprivation causes oxidative stress in the body. It also has been found to impair memory and learning.
So what can you do the next time you are sleep-deprived and have to be at a level of optimal brain functioning? Scientists working with rats at the Jordan University of Science and Technology believe they have found the answer.
They knew that they would need an antioxidant that had a neuroprotective effect on the brain and decided to try vitamin E. Interestingly, vitamin E is not really thought of in particular as a brain health supplement or a memory supplement.
The scientists supplemented rat diets with vitamin E and then subjected them to situations where they were sleep-deprived. The rats without the vitamin E had impairment of both short-term memory and long term memory but those who received the vitamin E ‘memory supplement’ didn’t have any problems with their memory at all.
They also found one more finding – the rats who received the vitamin E had further changes that helped reset the hippocampus which is affected in sleep deprivation.
The Jordan scientists concluded that vitamin E prevents any brain health issues such as long and short term memory impairment and acts through the hippocampus.
This is great news for humans because it gives us a clue as to what memory supplement may be beneficial to take over time to help prevent a memory lapse the next time we don’t get a full night of sleep.