Sleep loss may cause brain damage
Yikes! Insomniacs take note: New research from the University of Pennsylvania indicates that long-term sleep deprivation can cause lasting brain damage.
The study on mice (which are surprisingly quite similar to humans in terms of the effects of experiments) found that when they were put on a sleep schedule that resembles that of human shift workers, they had significant damage to the locus coeruleus (a bundle of nerve cells associated with cognitive function and alertness). The mice actually lost 25% of those neurons!
Here's what I read: