A new study sheds light on numerous functions of our circadian clock, from how the brain maintains performance during the day to how shift workers struggle to maintain attention during early morning hours.
After just one sleep deprived night, the ability of the liver to produce glucose and insulin is altered, increasing the risk of developing metabolic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, researchers report.
Sleep deprivation alters the structure of DNA inside immune cells and increases the number of immune cells, which causes them to overreact and spark inflammation. The study found catching up on sleep does not reverse this effect.
A new study reveals people are suffering dream deprivation as a result of being deprived of REM sleep. Researchers report dreams are essential for memory and mental health. Dream deprivation can lead to an increased risk of depression and illness.