​What a Night of Sleep Deprivation Does to Your Brain | Motherboard

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/what-a-night-of-sleep-deprivation-does-to-your-brain

Sleep well to make sure your brain works well.

2 Comments

  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Sleep Deprivation Disrupts Brain-Cell Communication, Study Finds
    https://science.slashdot.org/story/17/11/06/2327251/sleep-deprivation-disrupts-brain-cell-communication-study-finds?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Slashdot%2Fslashdot%2Fto+%28%28Title%29Slashdot+%28rdf%29%29

    A new study published in the journal Nature Medicine found that sleep deprivation causes the bursts of electrical activity that brain cells use to communicate to become slower and weaker. “The finding could help explain why a lack of sleep impairs a range of mental functions, says Dr. Itzhak Fried, an author of the study and a professor of neurosurgery at the University of California, Los Angeles,” reports NPR.

    Sleepless Night Leaves Some Brain Cells As Sluggish As You Feel
    http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/11/06/562354635/sleepless-night-leaves-some-brain-cells-as-sluggish-as-you-feel

    When people don’t get enough sleep, certain brain cells literally slow down.

    A study that recorded directly from neurons in the brains of 12 people found that sleep deprivation causes the bursts of electrical activity that brain cells use to communicate to become slower and weaker, a team reports online Monday in Nature Medicine.

    The finding could help explain why a lack of sleep impairs a range of mental functions, says Dr. Itzhak Fried, an author of the study and a professor of neurosurgery at the University of California, Los Angeles.

    “You can imagine driving a car and suddenly somebody jumps in front of the car at night,” Fried says. “If you are sleep-deprived, your cells are going to react in a different way than in your normal state.”

    The research adds to the evidence showing it’s important to avoid driving when you’re sleepy, Fried says.

    Drowsy driving in the U.S. is responsible for more than 70,000 crashes a year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on estimates and statistics gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    Reply
  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    This Is Why You Feel So Spaced Out When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep
    http://www.iflscience.com/brain/why-feel-spaced-out-dont-get-enough-sleep/

    A new Nature Medicine study has now revealed why you feel so spaced out after a lack of sleep: your neurons fire far more slowly, which means that your short-term memory recall is inhibited. Your brain is essentially running in slow-motion.

    Reply

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

*