Chronic Sleep Loss Linked to Irreversible Brain Injury
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Chronic sleep loss could potentially lead to irreversible damage to the brain, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Neuroscience. Using a mouse model, researchers at the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the Perelman School of Medicine discovered that after several days of shift work sleep patterns, the mice lost 25% of the neurons essential for alertness and optimal cognition. The team hopes to use this new research to evaluate potential new therapies for shift workers. They also plan to examine whether this neuron loss affects the acceleration of other neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's. Although more research is needed, the study provides a clear association between sleep loss and irreversible brain injury.
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