The Brain Starts to Eat Itself After Chronic Sleep Deprivation

What happens to your brain when it is sleep deprived? That question was the focus of a study covered by New Scientist, and what they discovered made a strong case for the long-term importance of rejuvenating sleep. Researchers found that worn-out brain cells are rapidly destroyed and digested in mice that are chronically sleep deprived. It is conceivable that this process might offer benefits in the short term, and allows the brain to maintain healthy connections. Long-term, it may be the...

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