Sleep-Deprived Neural Networks : The Human Brain’s Sleep Pattern can Help Artificial Neural Networks to Learn Better

How about a real human? Sleep is necessary for artificial neural networks to improve their learning.

Artificial neurons need to be put to bed.

According to a study conducted by the University of California San Diego, neural network can mimic the human brain’s sleep patterns in order to combat catastrophic forgetting.

In a press release, Maxim Bazhenov Ph.D., a professor of medicine at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and a sleep research scientist, said that the brain is busy while we sleep, relearning what we learned during the day. Sleep helps reorganize and present memories in an efficient manner.

According to Bazhenov’s research, sleep strengthens the rational memory. It allows you to remember illogical or random associations between people, objects or events. You also don’t forget previous memories.