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Lack of Sleep Causes Brain Damage

2014-0920 SleepingResearch 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.


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4 Responses to “Lack of Sleep Causes Brain Damage”

  • Kim says:

    Thanks for posting this study. It’s great to see what goes on at this level with lack of sleep–such a problem in brain injury. Check out this study on reversing Alzheimer’s Disease: It’s interesting the healing protocol specifically addresses sleep.

  • Esther says:

    I would not be surprised. Sleep deprivation is already known to cause all kinds of harm.

    An Article by Thomas Andrew entitled “Delirium in the ICU may pose ongoing risk of thinking problems.” A study in the New England Journal of medicine showed some patients with delirium in the hospital still had thinking problems that persisted long after they left the hospital. Deficits similar to people with mild alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury. Delirium can be caused by: medications, surgery, infections and “lack of sleep”.

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