Sleep deprivation can cause brain to start 'eating' itself

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  1. TheOriginalBigBlue

    TheOriginalBigBlue Gold Meritorious Patron

    Well, this explains a lot.

    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.

  2. Enthetan

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  3. Plawn1933

    Plawn1933 New Member

    omygosh! I always sleep late. I should change my routine now, this is not gooooood!:ohmy::ohmy::ohmy:
  4. Anonycat

    Anonycat Crusader

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

    TrevAnon Big List researcher

    Considering your avatar I think you simply eat them.

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