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UCLA-led study blames mental lapses on sleep-deprived brain cells

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UCLA-led study blames mental lapses on sleep-deprived brain cells

Scott Benner

From UCLA.edu

Ever sleep poorly and then walk out of the house without your keys? Or space out while driving to work and nearly hit a stalled car?

A new study led by UCLA’s Dr. Itzhak Fried is the first to reveal how sleep deprivation disrupts brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other. Fried and his colleagues believe that disruption leads to temporary mental lapses that affect memory and visual perception. Their findings are published online today by Nature Medicine.

Lack of sleep interfered with the neurons’ ability to encode information and translate visual input into conscious thought.

“We discovered that starving the body of sleep also robs neurons of the ability to function properly,” said Fried, the study’s senior author, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Tel Aviv University. “This leads to cognitive lapses in how we perceive and react to the world around us.”

The remainder of the article is found here.