Getting a good amount of high quality sleep appears to deliver great benefits to memory. Sleeping well primes the brain for learning and retention, sharpening focus and increasing attention span during waking hours. Research also shows sleep has a powerful influence over memory. Time spent in sleep --especially deep, slow wave sleep and REM sleep -- plays a critical role in memory consolidation, the process by which newly acquired knowledge is converted from short-term to long-term memory storage. This process not only embeds long-term memories, it also clears the way for the brain to take in new information. In recent years we've learned a tremendous amount about this relationship between sleep and memory, and the importance of sleep in memory consolidation.
How do sleep medications affect this critical function? Despite all the recent attention paid to the role of sleep in memory, this is a question that has, until now, received little notice. Researchers at St. Luke's Hospital Sleep Medicine and Research Center in Missouri investigated the impact of prescription sleep aids on memory consolidation
Their results suggest that under some conditions, some commonly prescribed medications for sleep may interfere with the memory-enhancing benefits of sleep.
By 2018, no farms in KY will legally be able to produce veal by confining baby cows in the tight cages.
Kentucky has become the eighth state to ban the commercial veal cultivation practice in which baby cows are forced to live in confining cages for their whole lives. The decision was issued by the Kentucky Livestock Care Standards Commission, a government body consisting of, among other members, a veterinarian, farmers, the dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, and four Governor-appointees.