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As the age advances, the problem of disturbed sleep and loss of memory are of major concern. With physical changes in our body, our sleep patterns also tend to change as we age. In fact, with age people might find it harder to fall asleep and get peaceful slumber. Insomnia and other sleep disorders are very common age-related problems that people may face.

You may help your grandparents by assisting them for better sleep and memory enhancement. A study suggests that you can assist them just with gentle sound stimulation - such as rush of a waterfall - synchronized to the rhythm of brain waves, as it may significantly deepen sleep and triple memory scores to recall words in older adults.

The scientists found pink noise synced to brain waves deepens sleep and triples memory scores in older adults aged 60 and above. The degree of slow wave sleep enhancement was related to the degree of memory improvement, suggesting slow-wave sleep remains important for memory, even in old age.


Papalambros N.A., et al., 2017, “Acoustic enhancement of sleep slow oscillations and concomitant memory improvement in older adults,” Frontiers in Human Neuroscience; 11: 109. [Web Reference]

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