How can sleeplessness overheat your mental circuits?




We all know how important sleep is for our mental health. We have heard people saying that sleeplessness can cause severe damage to your mental health. But have we wondered how insomnia could affect the circuits of our minds? Researchers with a recent study explained how our brain would be replete with bundles of hyperreactive cells if we deprive ourselves of sleep. In other words, our noggins overheat when we don't take appropriate rest and sleep.



The University of Milan conducted the research. During the study, it was concluded that during our working hours, our brain formulates connections with nerve cells with every new thing we encounter and learn. During sleep, our brain is freed from additional clutter, and only meaningful connections are left behind.



The research was conducted by a team led by Marcelle Massimini, who, by using magnetic current on participants' brains, came out with this theory and justified the notion of how sleeplessness can overheat our mental circuit. By delivering magnetic current to participants' brains, it was witnessed how their nerve cells were setting off electrical responses. Then they measured and presented an estimate of the electrical responses received from the frontal cortex, which is responsible for making decisions by our brain. All this procedure was conducted after a night of sleep deprivation, which resulted in receiving solid electrical responses from the brain compared to the previous day.



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