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Problems Sleeping Linked to Depression and Anxiety

New research from Binghampton University shows that getting less than the recommended eight hours of sleep a night could be to blame for intrusive, repetitive thoughts that are common in those suffering from anxiety and depression. Researchers report that disruptions in sleep make it more difficult for an individual to shift attention away from negative thoughts and information. This means that interrupted or insufficient sleep could be to blame for those with anxiety and depression who struggle with intrusive negative thoughts.

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Foggy Brain From Lack of Sleep Is Actually Biological

We’ve all experienced that feeling of fogginess after pulling an all-nighter for work or staying out too late with friends on a weeknight. Feeling forgetful or taking longer to process our thoughts because of exhaustion is simply an expected part of not getting enough sleep. A new joint study from researchers at Tel Aviv University, UCLA and the University of Wisconsin has discovered exactly how this lack of sleep affects brain activity.

The teams determined that individual neurons in the brain actually slow down due to sleep deprivation, causing a delayed response behaviorally and cognitively. This neural slowing messes with visual perception and memory associations in the brain.

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