Sleep-deprived brain could shut down suddenly

A study by Duke scientists shows a sleep deprived brain will act erratically and can be prone to sudden shut downs during the day almost like a power outage. The findings suggest that people who are lacking sleep alternate between normal brain function to dramatic lapses in attention and visual processing.

Researchers say the study serves as a warning to shift workers, truck drivers and on-call doctors.

There is more on this research in the Journal of Neuroscience.

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