Insomnia – the cause of early sclerosis

Young people very often do not sleep all night, leading an active lifestyle, while chronically not getting enough sleep, or having insomnia due to a malfunction of the biological rhythm of the body. Always after a sleepless night, as a result, people have problems with the state of the body: problems with focusing vision, cognitive impairment, fuzzy memory. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania decided to study the effects of insomnia in more detail, and concluded that the part of the brain that is responsible for normal memorization, the state of memory, suffers from sleepless nights.

Ted Abel, a professor of biology at the Pennsylvania School of Art and Science, led the study along with Cedric Florian and Christopher Vexy. Studies by the Abel group indicate that deprivation of normal night sleep leads to an increase in the level of adenosine in the hippocampus of the brain, the hormone responsible for memory function. The negative effects of fluctuations in the level of this hormone tend to summarize, and the more often a person does not sleep at night or simply does not get enough sleep, the more likely he will soon have memory problems, that is, sclerosis, and attention deficit.

The experiments were carried out on laboratory mice, but the results fully reflect the effect of insomnia on the human brain. Using computer analyzers, the plasticity of the brain of mice was studied, and it turned out that sleep deprived mice have a much lower reaction rate, as well as a much stronger predisposition to various abnormalities in the brain. Insomnia in regular form can provoke not only sclerosis, but also more serious problems: cerebral strokes.

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