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    Default Sleep deprivation can cause brain to start 'eating' itself

    Well, this explains a lot.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2...-start-eating/

    A lack of sleep can cause parts of the brain's synapses to be 'eaten' by other brain cells, according to a new study by researchers at the Marche Polytechnic University in Italy.
    Astrocytes are a cell in the brain that clean out worn-out cells and debris. Scientists studying the brains of mice found these cells were more active when the animals had been deprived of sleep, breaking down more of the brain's connections.
    “We show for the first time that portions of synapses are literally eaten by astrocytes because of sleep loss,” research leader Michele Bellesi told New Scientist.

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    Sleep deprivation, and the general constant stress of being on staff, or the stress that OTs are put under to "set a good example", can produce long-term health damage.

    I also started a thread on this sort of stuff, a few months back.

    http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthrea...in-Scientology
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    omygosh! I always sleep late. I should change my routine now, this is not gooooood!

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    I'll make sure my mice get a good nights' sleep.

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    Default Re: Sleep deprivation can cause brain to start 'eating' itself

    Quote Originally Posted by Anonycat View Post
    I'll make sure my mice get a good nights' sleep.
    Considering your avatar I think you simply eat them.

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