A new study from Italy’s Marche Polytechnic University conducted on mice showed, for the first time, that sleep deprivation causes the brain to feed off its own neurons and synaptic connections – when cells like astrocytes go into overdrive. The result: Your brain devours itself. Researchers noted that this could explain why chronic lack of sleep could put people at risk of Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders.

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AuthorBeth McGroarty, Director of Research, GWI