The role of sleep disorders in learning difficulties is unclear but various studies have pointed to a link between the two. (See Snoring, Sleep and Hyperactivity). Now news of a new drug has emerged which may help. The BBC are reporting Drug ‘reverses sleep lack effect’ about a trial that restored sleep deprived monkeys to a non-sleep deprived level of cognitive ability.
The drug, currently called CX717, is an Amakine. Unlike caffine, amphetamines or methylpheniadates (Ritalin) these drugs are not stimulants so they do not cause sleeplessness or hyperactivty. Instead Amakines restores a tired brains ability to make synaptic connections and thus think more clearly.