Sleep deprivation can affect mood, concentration and stress levels. In extreme cases, prolonged sleep deprivation can induce hallucinations, memory loss and confusion. Scientists from the University of Bristol explored the impact of irregular sleep patterns on the brain by recording electrical brain activity in multiple brain regions during sleep. The study suggests that there is a possible link between poor sleep and desynchronised brain activity.
Dr Ullrich Bartsch, one of the study’s researchers, said: “Sleep disturbances are well-documented in the disease, though often regarded as side effects and poorly understood in terms of their potential to actually trigger its symptoms.”
Dr Matt Jones, the lead researcher from the University’s School of Physiology and Pharmacology, added that “sleep disturbances might be a cause, not just a consequence” of schizophrenia. In fact, abnormal sleep patterns may trigger abnormal brain activity in a range of conditions.”
This study was funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC).
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