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Chronic Sleep Loss Shows Permanent Brain Damage

Working three night shifts and then resuming a normal schedule is not an unrealistic sleeping pattern and now new research published in the The Journal of Neuroscience has found that this sort of chronic sleep loss can lead to permanent brain damage, The Huffington Post reports. Researchers looked at how sleep loss in mice is associated with injury and loss of locus coeruleus (LC) neurons which are known to play a role in energy and alertness. They found that when subjected to short term sleep loss the LC neurons produced a proteins that protected their activity but when subjected to long term sleep loss, “the upregulation of this protein by the LC neurons was reduced,” leading to death in 25% of these neurons.

Read the article published by The Huffington Post.

Read the study in The Journal of Neuroscience.