9 Things We Learned About Sleep In 2014


Our brains get smaller as we age, but getting too little sleep could make that natural reduction occur at a faster rate, according to University of Oxford research.

My brain must be the size of a pea…

While the researchers noted they weren’t entirely sure what these differences mean, they uncovered more activity, greater adaptability to change and higher neuron “excitability” in the movement center of the brain in people with insomnia than in people who reported no trouble sleeping.

That’s because we can’t shut off — or calm — the activity…

Scientists discovered physical changes in the brains of people with chronic fatigue syndrome.  The condition is highly misunderstood and often dismissed as psychological, but research this year lent some welcome credibility to the often-debilitating syndrome. The small study compared the brains of 15 people with chronic fatigue syndrome to the brains of 14 healthy people and found that the brains of people with CFS had less white matter and differences in nerve fibers in a particular white-matter tract, “in theory, a sign of a better-connected brain,” Pacific Standard reported, which was strongest in the people with the most severe symptoms of chronic fatigue. The research could potentially lead to better diagnosis of the syndrome.

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