Ever wondered why everything seems funnier when you’re tired? Scientists think it might be because your brain is basically drunk.
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Studies Show Sleep Deprivation Performance Is Similar to Being Under the Influence of Alcohol
“We’ve heard what we now consider the basics: lack of sleep puts you in a bad mood, makes you think slower, could have long-term side-effects, etc. But, here’s a real wake-up call: sleeplessness and driving is a combination as serious as driving under the influence of alcohol.”
Brain Activity Is Visibly Altered Following Sleep Deprivation
“The ability of the brain to function following sleep deprivation appears to vary with the task at hand, and in some cases the brain attempts to compensate for the adverse effects caused by lack of sleep, according to a study published in the Feb. 10 issue of Nature.”
Sleep-deprived drivers have plenty in common with drunk drivers
“Drivers who have had too little sleep are no different than those who have had three or four drinks and are too drunk to drive. Those are the findings of an AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety report released Tuesday that draws on original research and past studies to create a troubling picture of the risk caused by a go-go world where many people don’t get enough rest.”
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