Saturday, February 10, 2007

Learning shock - go to bed!

According to a report on the BBC website, researchers at Princeton have revealed that depriving mice of sleep caused the production of new brain cells to cease until well after normal sleep patterns had returned (actually, how do you stop a mouse sleeping for 72 hours?)

It does state that the research can't necessarily be assumed to hold true for people, but given that lack of sleep caused a rise in stress levels, and, anecdotally, people who get more sleep tend to feel less stressed (cause or effect?), it's not unreasonable to guess that it may well apply to us too.

So my late night TEDTalk viewing sessions may well have been counter-productive!
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