Sleep Interruptions Interfere with Nocturnal Processing of Emotional Memories (image) Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience - KNAW Share Print E-Mail Caption Distressing emotional experiences activate limbic brain circuits and the autonomic nervous system. Fortunately, the activation disappears over time. People literally settle the experiences in their head as neutralized memories. Wassing et al. now reveal that people with restless sleep due to chronic insomnia cannot complete the overnight alchemy required to neutralize emotional experiences. Credit Rick Wassing Usage Restrictions This image may only be used with appropriate caption and credit. No alterations may be made. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.