Insomnia is the story of my life. What makes this even more depressing is that it could be doing damage to my brain. Guys… I’m worried and something has got to give. Apparently, I need to be more responsible when deciding that I want to stretch my days througout my nights.
Cramming in extra hours of shut-eye may not make up for those lost pulling all-nighters, new research indicates.The damage may already be done — brain damage, that is, said neuroscientist Sigrid Veasey from the University of Pennsylvania.
The widely held idea that you can pay back a sizeable “sleep debt” with long naps later on seems to be a myth, she said in a study published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience.
Long-term sleep deprivation saps the brain of power even after days of recovery sleep, Veasey said. And that could be a sign of lasting brain injury.
“No one really thought that the brain could be irreversibly injured from sleep loss,” she said. That has now changed.
More work needs to be done on humans, she said. And her group is planning to study deceased shift workers to see if they have the same kind of nerve damage.
They hope their research will result in medicines that will help people working odd hours cope with the consequences of irregular sleep.
Goodnight. No more staying up beyond hours for me!