Sleep Deprived? Your Brain Cells Are Not Firing Properly

Sleep deprivation disrupts your brains cells’ ability to communicate with each other, a new study from UCLA finds.

The study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, found if you are lacking sleep you will experience temporary mental lapses that affect memory and visual perception. The study looked at 12 people who were preparing to undergo surgery for epilepsy. Electrodes were implanted in their brains. They were asked to categorize a variety of images as quickly as possible. As they grew sleepier, the patients couldn’t perform the task as well -- as they slowed down, their brain cells did, too.

The lead scientist said the findings suggest select regions of a patient’s brains were dozing, while the rest of the brain was awake and running.