March 20, 2014 | Anna D

Is this a perfect excuse to keep hitting the snooze button?

recent study has found that sleep deprivation causes mice to lose 25% of certain brain cells. The mice were exposed to the same kinds of sleep patterns that many of us experience in modern life. If humans are affected the same way, sleeping only 4-5 hours a night may have serious, irreversible consequences.

The researchers think it may be possible to create a drug to prevent brain cells from being lost. Would you take a drug to safeguard your brain cells?

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Night-shift workers may be risking their physical and mental health by not getting enough sleep.

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2 comments on 'Lost sleep leads to loss of brain cells?'

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She a bell

May 15, 2014 at 05:56

May be lack of sleep is causing our madness globally

Emma

March 20, 2014 at 17:37

I wish people would stop testing on animals! Can't imagine how cruel keeping mice awake must have been. How do you even stop a mouse from sleeping? But, it's still interesting. I would maybe take it, but I think I sleep a lot anyway :)

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