Research on sleep loss found the effects of not sleeping enough are similar to head injuries from sports. According to the study, conducted by Christian Benedict, Ph.D., of Sweden’s Uppsala University, not getting enough sleep results in a slight increase in two enzymes associated with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). In other words, lack of sleep is similar to TBI.
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The study was funded by the following organization: Swedish Research Council, Swedish Brain Research Foundation, and NovoNordisk Foundation. The funding sources had no input in the design and conduct of this study, in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of the data, or in the preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript.