A new blood test may detect sleep deprivation

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(Maria Cohut/ Medical News Today) — Lack of sleep is just as dangerous as excessive drinking when it comes to activities such as driving. The breathalyzer can reliably measure a person’s state of intoxication, but there’s currently no way of assessing someone’s tiredness. New research may soon change that, however.

Last year, Medical News Today reported on a study that explained that sleep deprivation has the same negative effect on our brains as heavy drinking.

“[S]tarving the body of sleep also robs neurons of the ability to function properly,” the study’s senior author noted.

Lack of sleep can be dangerous when it comes to driving — as well as a huge obstacle in the way of productivity — but we don’t have an objective way of assessing it.

Recently, however, scientists at the Sleep Research Centre at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom have been developing a blood test that would enable them to evaluate biomarkers of sleep deprivation. (…)

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