Study: lack of sleep may affect the brain as much as alcohol

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – According to a new study, not getting enough sleep can have similar effects to a night of drinking too much alcohol.

The study, published this week in Nature Medicine, found sleep deprivation can make it harder for brain cells to communicate with each other, causing temporary issues that can affect memory, sight or activities like driving a car.

According to the UCLA study, tasks became more difficult to complete the longer research subjects had been awake.

Researchers examined 12 people preparing to undergo surgery for epilepsy at UCLA – by implanting electrodes in the brains of research subjects.