sleepA good night’s sleep boosts our positive memories, according to a study. Researchers split 70 young adults into two groups – one that got to sleep overnight and one that had to stay awake, Daily Mail reported Wednesday. Both groups were required to look at positive images containing items such as puppies and flowers, and both at neutral images featuring furniture and dinner plates.

The participants’ memories of the images were then tested 12 hours later, after either a period of sleep or staying awake, with the positive memories stronger for the sleepers. ”Results showed sleep enhances our emotionally positive memories,” said professor Rebecca Spencer of the University of Massachusetts. Spencer believes the results could also have significant implications for treating post-traumatic stress disorder.

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  • Lina

    I leave for you the poem my daughter wrote. I think you will get a very clear ptuicre of what War-Related Intergenerational Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) means to her :FLASHBACKSI see that faraway thousand mile stare in your eyesthe intensitythe crazinessthat lies withinI want to runI want to hideI’m scared for my lifein the blink of an eyethe person I know is gonefilled with rageyou screamyou cryyou get angryand at the moment I don’t know whyI don’t understandI cannot comprehendthe tormented hell that you have been infor I am only a child WHERE ARE MY GUNS!! you screamyou cannot find themI try not to blink an eyeso you will not suspectI took themto protect us allto save your lifethe relentless search continuesthen you realizeI took themyou turn to me filled with this ragethat is now directed at methe interrogation beginsto no availI will not give inyou’ve not broken meI am already brokenI shut downterrifiedI want to cryat moments I wish I would dieI can not endure another momentin this hellthis horror that I was born intothis is my existencethis is my hellBy Danielle Reyescopyright 2008As for myself, the mother of children exposed & forever effected, to be constantly pulled between your children & your husband their father who suffers from PTSD creates a wound in the heart that can never be completely repaired. Otherwise here is what I have written about my personal experience with PTSD:PTSD IT’S HORRORI am the widow of a Vietnam Veteran. We were married 27 years and had 2 (two) children. We knew each other for 31 years. During that time I witnessed my husband’s mental (emotional) and physical (he also suffered from illnesses linked to agent orange) state deteriorate dramatically. I have fought alongside my husband and struggled to survive the roller coaster that we came to know as our very existence: PTSD.Our family was profoundly affected by PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). We all suffered. We experienced my husband’s trauma all the time, it never stopped happening. Our family lived in an environment which was always UNCERTAIN. We never knew what would happen next, never knew what to expect because we could not anticipate his actions. We had to be prepared at all times for the worst. Our lives were hell and our home was a war zone, always fearing the unexpected, never an opportunity to escape. PTSD is the worst kind of torture. It’s horror. Slowly wearing you down day in and day out until it has control and becomes unleashed. It ripped a hole in my husband’s soul and it took us, his family with him. It’s like being on an out of control roller coaster ride that will never be over.