This is what no sleep does to your brain

I’m not sure who coined the phrase but the 21st century looks set to be the ‘century of the brain‘. Neuroscientists, geneticists, psychiatrists and even mathematicians are slowly revealing the myriad complexities of how our brains behave and process information. One of most interesting areas is how sleep, and lack of it, impacts on brain function.

This subject is the topic of a fascinating new infographic put together by the team at Mic.com. Highlighting the various regions in the brain, it explains the various ways that lack of sleep can have a detrimental effect on brain function.

Some of these topics, which we’ve covered at Sleep Junkies include, false memories, emotional problems, brain shrinkage, food binges, hallucinations and risky behaviour, to name a few. It’s enough to make your brain hurt!

Check out the infographic below.

Your brain on no sleep infographic

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  1. Great infographic! I think anger is the easiest thing that comes to mind when people think of less sleep. The one I think most people don’t know about is the lost memories. We spend so much of our lives trying to create memories we love, it’s hard to imagine anything worth losing them. I think that if you told a person, you get to keep X number of memories for sleeping an extra number of hours a night, they’d do it in a heartbeat!

  2. Thanks for sharing!

    It is always a pleasure to see data plotted into easily consumable and visual mediums. It helps our brains process the information.

    All of this is quite interesting to know and really shines a light on the effects of sleep. Why we’ve let sleep become less of a priority in our lives is ridiculous.

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