A new study shows that one night of sleep deprivation increases morning blood concentrations of NSE and S-100B in healthy young men and this could be a prelude to brain damage.
The new study from Uppsala University, Sweden, shows that poor sleep patterns increase morning blood concentrations of NSE and S-100B in healthy young men. These molecules are typically found in the brain. Thus, their rise in blood after sleep loss may indicate that a lack of snoozing might be conducive to a loss of brain tissue. The findings are published in the journal SLEEP.
Fifteen normal-weight men participated in the study. In one condition they were sleep-deprived for one night, while in the other condition they slept for approximately 8 hours.
"In conclusion, the findings of our trial indicate that a good night's sleep may be critical for maintaining brain health", says Christian Benedict.