Sleep Deprivation Causes Memory Loss

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Sleep Deprivation Causes Memory Loss

Postby debbluebird » Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:11 am

Memory loss, I know that I have brought this up before, but I think people don't realize when it's happening to them. I believe that it is important to acknowledge, as soon as possible.
I know that I didn't realize it was happening to me. My RLS and PLM started in the late 1980's, I think. To be honest, that was when I was first aware of it. I've been tired my whole life, so who knows when it all started. I started medication around 1992, I think. Don't remember now. Didn't discover the sleep apnea until 2009. But my business partner started questioning my memory in 2005. I thought it was stress. I got my short term memory loss diagnosed in 2011, directly related to sleep deprivation. I had it confirmed in 2013.
With our situation (RLS), you might ask why does it matter, since sleep can be so fleeting? It would have made a difference to me, if I had known what was happening. I think I would have made some different decisions regarding my life, and possibly be in a different position now. I may have prevented losing my house and my job. I don't know. I would like to think so.
I just want everyone to be aware that sleep deprivation causes memory loss. You don't get it back.

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Re: Sleep Deprivation Causes Memory Loss

Postby JimmyLegs44 » Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:54 pm

Is it sleep deprivation or medication that is causing the memory loss? Or both? I've had memory loss issues as well, and attributed it to Mirapex (just a gut feeling), since during most of my time on Mirapex, I was not sleep deprived. This was one of my reasons, along with augmentation, to discontinue use of Mirapex.
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Re: Sleep Deprivation Causes Memory Loss

Postby debbluebird » Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:17 pm

I don't know. I was taking Mirapex for about 12 or 13 years. Stopped it in 2009. But I've had sleep deprivation for a lot longer. It was more tgan one doctor who told me it was from sleep deprivation.

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Re: Sleep Deprivation Causes Memory Loss

Postby Sojourner » Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:06 am


Couldn't resist.

It's amazing how many other health related factors are impacted by sleep loss.
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