Sleep Deprivation is as Detrimental as Binge Drinking

Troubling Findings About the  Impact of Sleep Loss

(WORLDHEALTH.NET) After being awake for 19 hours, the average adult experiences cognitive impairment equal to that of consuming 5 to 6 alcoholic beverages.

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New research from Canada has concluded that can be as damaging as alcohol abuse. In an interview with Medisys Health Group, a hospital based in Montreal Canada, Dr. Adrian Owen presented some facts about sleep gathered from recent research. Dr. Owen is a neuroscientist at Western University and serves as Chief Scientific Officer of Cambridge Brain Sciences.

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New research from Canada has concluded that sleep deprivation can be as damaging as alcohol abuse. In an interview with Medisys Health Group, a hospital based in Montreal Canada, Dr. Adrian Owen presented some facts about sleep gathered from recent research. Dr. Owen is a neuroscientist at Western University and serves the Cambridge Brain Sciences online community as Chief Scientific Officer.

The Link Between Sleep Deprivation and Inebriation

Lack of sleep is known to dull alertness and delay reactions. Some recent studies have found that missing rest also disrupts the abilities to pay attention and to respond to emotional stimuli. It also compromises working memory, which the brain uses to store information it needs for short-term tasks.

One study used brain scans to prove the physiological effects of sleep deprivation on the brain. Researchers were able to accurately identify which participants did not get enough sleep by looking at their scans only. Scans from those lacking sleep showed less connectivity between active areas of the brain.

Another study found that after 19 hours of being awake, the average adult experiences cognitive impairment equal to that of consuming 5 to 6 alcoholic beverages.  READ MORE AT WORLDHEALTH.NET

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