Lenore Rivera: Sleep Medication Brings Back Memories, Confusion


Part six

One very unusual and unexplained incident happened when I called the doctor and asked if I could get a sleeping aid for my mom, as she would not sleep through the night. I gave her one tablet as prescribed and off to sleep she went. The next morning was one of confusion for both of us.

She suddenly remembered everything. Everything! She sat and sobbed, while asking me questions like: “How long have I been sick?”; “When did your father pass away?”; “Where are your brother and sisters?”

After 6 or 7 years of losing her memory, it suddenly was all there. It was sad to see her looking so lost and confused. I refused to give her another tablet. I later read online that there’s a tie between Alzheimer’s and this sleep medication. The study found that taking the sleeping pill enhances the brain’s ability to consolidate memories, or move information from short-term to long-term storage. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, also has confirmed the mechanism that allows the brain to lay down memories.

Lenore RiveraLenore Rivera, guest blogger

 

 

 

 

This blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your health or medical needs.

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