Researchers also noticed sleep-like waves disrupting parts of the brain, nearly as if certain areas were dozing off and causing mental lapses of concentration, while other sections of the brain carried on running as normal. This leads to periods of mental lapses. Their findings are published online today by Nature Medicine.
"We discovered that starving the body of sleep also robs neurons of the ability to function properly", said Itzhak Fried, senior author of the study. "This leads to cognitive lapses in how we perceive and react to the world around us".
For the study, Fried, along with an worldwide team of scientists, studied 12 people preparing to undergo surgery for epilepsy at UCLA. Electrodes had been implanted in the patients to identify the exact origin of their seizures.
Dr Fried led an worldwide team studying 12 people with epilepsy, who had electrodes implanted in their brains in order to pinpoint the origin of their seizures.
The UCLA team then asked the patients to categorise a variety of images as fast as possible while their brain activity was measured in real time. The scientists examined how the responses of individual neurons in the temporal lobe changed when sleep-deprived subjects were slow to respond to a task.
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Performing the task grew more challenging as the patients grew sleepier.
"Inadequate sleep exerts a similar influence on our brain as drinking too much".
"We were fascinated to observe how sleep deprivation dampened brain cell activity", said Yuval Nir from Tel-Aviv University.
The neurons unlike regularly responded very slowly and appeared to be very weak.
What happened was that sleeplessness impacted how effectively neurons encoded regular information, and how visual stimuli were transposed into conscious perception. Fried explained that for example if a person is driving a auto and another person jumps in front of it, a sleep deprived person would have a different response than one who has had adequate sleep.
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The team also discovered "slow" brain waves similar to those that occur during sleep in exhausted regions of the brain. "It takes longer for his brain to register what he's perceiving", Dr.
The team further reports that this sluggish neuronal activity was also accompanied by slower brain wave patterns in the same region of the brain. They found that lack of sleep causes bursts of electrical activity that brain cells use in communication to weaken and slow down. Fried. "This phenomenon suggests that select regions of the patients' brains were dozing, causing mental lapses, while the rest of the brain was awake and running as usual".
In addition, the study also found that some areas of the brain are more affected with sleep deprivation than others.
The importance of learning more on the effects surrounding sleep deprivation and conversely, the benefits of deep sleep, can not overstated.
Sleep deprivation is associated with long term impact in humans leading to hypertension, diabetes, heart attacks, obesity, depression etc.
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New research confirms that lack of proper sleep has a severe impact on how the brain functions, with potentially risky consequences arising in daily life.