New studies say, sleep deprivation could lead the brain to eat its own cells.
That could explain why people who don’t get enough sleep for prolonged times are more at risk of developing neurological disorders as they age.
We are all familiar with the fuzzy-headed feeling and how that tiredness could make even the simplest tasks feel impossible to do. Well studies suggest that with chronic sleep deprivation, the brain eats its own cells causing damage that is similar to that seen in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.
Scientists at the Marche Polytechnic university in Italy analyzed how a brain affected by lack of sleep acts in mice. They used block-face scanning devices to look at specific cells called the astrocyte cells when the mice were kept awake for five days. The study shows break downs in the brain debris overtime.
Even though in the short term this could be a potentially beneficial process to allow yue brain to get rid of potentially harmful debris. It seems that with prolonged sleep deprivation the brain starts to break down healthy brain connections.
That explains why people with prolonged sleep disorders or problems are considered at a higher risk of developing neurological disorders as they age like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
– Common Signs You Are Sleep Deprived.
You Can’t Focus:- studies showed that lack of sleep affect both our productivity levels as well as out concentration. That is why several companies are specifying designated areas for napping for their workers.
You Are Always Forgetting Things:- studies show that the process consolidating memories. Where the brain stores an event to remind you of it later on only happens when you are asleep.
You Are In Bad Mood:- it is no doubt that not getting enough sleep can make us not in the mood. But according to the Great British Sleep Survey, those who don’t get enough sleep at least seven hours a day are twice as likely to suffer from depression and mood swings than those who sleep adequately everyday.
Moreover, lack of sleep can also reduce your libido.
Low Immunity:- many studies found a strong link between lack of sleep and susceptibility to illnesses. So if you want to boost your immunity make sure to get enough hours of sleep per night.
You Keep Making Mistakes:- not getting enough sleep can make you more prone to accidents. According to the National Sleep Foundation. Our balance, reflexes and depth perception all are not stabilized when we haven’t had at least 7 hours of sleep.