Lack of sleep causes brain damage
1 January 2014
A new study from Uppsala University, Sweden, shows that one night of sleep deprivation increases morning blood concentrations of chemicals derived from brain tissue.
The two chemicals, neuron-specific enolase (NSE) and S100 calcium
binding protein B (S-100B) are typically found in the brain. Fifteen
normal-weight men participated in the study in which they were
sleep-deprived for one night and compared to sleeping for
approximately 8 hours.
Benedict C, et al. Acute sleep deprivation increases serum levels of neuron-specific enolase (NSE) and S100 calcium binding protein B (S-100B) in healthy young men. SLEEP (in press).