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“Losing Sleep can shrink brain”

Sleepless nights are unhealthy enough to shrink brain too, reports Netherlands Institute of Neuro Science. I had come across this interesting revelation during the course of my reading.

“Chronic Insomnia sufferers develop compromised capacities to evaluate situations’ stimuli and are not able to have decision making abilities. To reach this conclusion that is published in the ‘Biological Psychiatry’ of the Institute, researchers compared the gray matter volumes of 24 older, chronic insomnia patients to 13 normal sleepers to understand the effects of losing sleep. Most Insomniacs revealed extensive density loss of brain (gray matter) regardless of how long they suffered from Insomnia disorder”.

Personally, I feel that sleep is an essential ‘basic’ requirement like ‘eating’ to survive…at least 8 hours of peaceful sleep every night is required. Lack of sleep reduces many mental capacities such as cognition, registration, retention and recall. Also, it tires our body muscles, disturbs our bowel movements, reduces sensory perception. Insomnia patients can lead themselves into madness in extreme cases due to constant lack of sleep.


About Raman Ramamurthy

I am a Management consultant, an avid reader, play Lawn tennis in my leisure time and love Music. Presently, I am settled in India along with my wife and my son.


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