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Loss of Sleep Could Damage Your Brain

May 28, 2014

Loss of Sleep Could Damage Your Brain

You’ve been working on a new project at work for more than a week now. Sleep is down to two or three hours a day and your sleeping pattern is completely wrecked. But you aren’t worried because as soon as the project is over, you’ll catch up on sleep and everything will be fine. Right?

Wrong, new research published in the Journal of Neuroscience shows that when subjected to periods of sleep deprivation, 25% of the test mice’s brain cells died and scientists are fearful that the same could be the same for humans.

Scientists warn that even if you catch up on those missing hours of sleep might be futile.

The study looked at lab mice whose sleeping patterns had been synchronized to that of many people’s daily life. When the mice were only allowed to sleep four to five hours a day for several days, the scientists found that the cells in the brain which regulate alertness were damaged.

Many people are concerned about what this study might mean for jobs where long hours and high levels of concentrations is needed, such as drivers and EMT doctors. However, scientists involved in the study are looking into finding medication that could prevent this damage.

While this is the first time that scientists have found evidence that loss of sleep could lead to a loss of brain cells, they stated that there is a lot more research needed to determine whether people who also miss out on sleep for extended periods of time are at the same type of risk.  You can find out more about this study here.

A good night’s sleep isn’t just relaxing and refreshing, it is brainsaving! Make sure that you the most out of your night’s sleep by getting a super comfortable bed!

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