Brain Eats Itself Because Of Lack Of Sleep

Researchers researched lab mice and discovered that ‘clean-up’ cells were more active in their brains whenever they were sleep-deprived. Translation…Your brain begins to consume itself whenever it hasn’t obtained sufficient sleep, according to a new study.

‘We show for the first time that portions of synapses are eaten by astrocytes because of sleep loss,’ lead author Michele Bellesi told New Scientist.

The cells, recognized as astrocytes, perform like mini-Hoovers inside the brain, cleaning up cells as the brain’s connections become weaker and break apart.

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