Most of us are functioning on next to no sleep, but we never knew just how much damage it is doing to our bodies...
Let's face it, work seems to take up most of our lives and sometimes it's like we can never get a proper rest, because we take on so many different tasks per day.
So when we do get to get some shut eye, it's normally not for the recommended eight hours - even though the recommended sleep time is still in debate!
We always think, 'I'll catch up on my sleep this weekend' or 'what harm is one night's sleep going to really do?'
Well... just one night's sleep can do more damage than you think and we all better start rethinking our sleeping habits.
A study from Germany, which has been published in Nature Communications, has just been released and has revealed that not getting enough shut eye can lead to changes in connectivity within the brain.
Scary stuff, right?
Sleep is believed to maintain the connective strength between neurons, key to learning and memory, in our noggins. Basically, sleep 'resets' brain connections.
Everyone is saying this is just a theory, but a team of scientists from University Medical Centre Freiburg decided to explore it.
20 participants were monitored after a night of sleep and a night of next-to-no sleep, and the brain activity results were then compared.
The study found that, when magnetic pulses were applied to the region of the brain which controls movement, participants who had little sleep were stimulated by lower levels of the pulse.
This in turn led Christoph Nissen, a researcher, to summise this meant excitability of the brain was increased after a lack of sleep.
Research went further to show that minimal sleep also contributed to decreased levels of proteins in the body which monitor and maintain how well neurons communicate, and poor memory due to the brain not being able to effectively 'rewire' itself.
Numerous other studies have highlighted that sleep-deprived individuals are at higher risks of many health problems, diseases, and brain cell damage.
If you're not getting enough sleep, you might seriously want to reconsider your sleeping habits.
Sleep is good for you, and your relationships, and gosh don't we love it!
Just don't sleep too much... that's not good for you either...