When you feel particularly exhausted, it can definitely feel like you are also lacking in brain capacity. Now, a new study has suggested this could be because chronic sleep deprivation can actually cause the brain to eat itself. New research, conducted by Michele Bellesi of the Marche Polytechnic University in Italy and published in the Journal of Neuroscience, analysed the brains of mice who had regular sleep, spontaneous wake, sleep deprivation and chronic sleep deprivation.
Sitting on the sofa certainly isn’t one of them, but experts have warned that toxic chemicals used to fireproof your settee could be causing a surge in thyroid cancers. The research revealed that people who are exposed to high levels of flame retardants are more than twice as likely to develop the cancer. Thyroid cancer cases have risen by 74 per cent in the last decade in the UK, with researchers blaming the rising rates on flame retardants.
Can't sleep? Science says it could be down to our age as we find it harder to know when we're sleepy as we get older.
For parents struggling with a baby who just refuses to sleep, the car is the nuclear option – with the vibrations soothing children off to sleep as if by magic. ‘After many years of talking to mums and dads, we know that parents of newborns are often desperate for just one good night’s sleep’, said Max Motor Dreams designer Alejandro López Bravo.
Should we be focussing on the quality not quantity of sleep we’re getting? Well, that might just be doable as according to one sleep expert it is actually possible to train your body to need less sleep. Professor Jim Horne, sleep neuroscientist at Loughborough University, claims that most of us can actually make do with just six hours shut eye a night.