The brain really can be half asleep, claims research


Moments of absent mindedness such as losing your keys could be the result of tiny parts of the brain taking “naps” to recharge, a study finds. 

Researchers discovered that contrary to popular opinion the brain is not always entirely asleep or awake but parts of it can go “offline”.

This they claim accounts for the feeling of being “half asleep” which causes forgetfulness and small errors such as misplacing keys or putting the milk in the cupboard or the cereal in the fridge.

The team at the University of Wisconsin, who measured electrical waves in the brain, discovered that some nerve cells in tired yet awake individuals can briefly go “offline”.

The study only involved the motor cortex in rats, in other words brain cells to do with movement, but the same processes may hold true for humans, and in many other areas of the brain. This may also be relevant to aspects of hypnotic phenomena, many of which are to do with switching off areas of a brain’s functioning for a short time, for example, temporary forgetfulness and catalepsy (physical rigidity and inability to move) and negative hallucination (not seeing things which are there). Hypnosis can produce positive hallucination as well, so obviously there must be other processes at work as well.

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The above with respect and thanks to Hypnotherapist Jack Raymond.

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