Can’t Sleep At Night? Your Brain May Be Abnormal


Can’t sleep at night? There might be something abnormal going on in your brain. A small study conducted by a team of Chinese researchers suggests that lack of sleep at night, or insomnia, may be linked to tissues in the brain. According to the researchers, people who can’t sleep at night have certain abnormality in the brain’s white matter. The white matter is responsible for forming a connection and transferring information from one part of the brain to the other. The abnormality that the researchers point to are a kind of disruptions that take place in the areas of brain linked to cognitive function, wakefulness and regulation of sleep. The abnormality results out of the disruptions in the long nerve fibers of the white matter that connects different parts of the brain. Battle With Insomnia: Ten Ways That Help Promote a Healthy Sleep “If white matter tracts are impaired, communication between brain regions is disrupted,” said researcher Shumei Li of the Guangdong No. 2 Provincial People’s Hospital in Guangzhou, China.Like us on Facebook During the study, the researchers recruited a group of 30 healthy individuals and 23 patients with primary insomnia. The participants were asked to complete a survey, based on which their mental status and sleep patterns was figured out. The researchers also conducted a diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), a kind of an MRI technique, on the subjects to identify the movement of water through the white matter. The intention was to notice any irregularities. The team found that subjects with insomnia had significantly reduced white matter “integrity” in several regions of the brain, reports WebMD. According to the researchers, one such region was thalamus, which regulates sleep, alertness and consciousness. Another region with reduced white matter was corpus callosum. This area is known to bridge the two hemispheres of the brain. “Our results can potentially provide the evidence about how the lack of sleep may lead to the impairment of white matter related to emotional or cognitive disorders,” said Li, in a statement. Photo Sources: Pixabay, Pixabay