Sleep Deprivation Leads to Symptoms of Schizophrenia
Psychologists at the University of Bonn are amazed by the severe deficits caused by a sleepless night.
Twenty-four hours of sleep deprivation can lead to conditions in healthy persons similar to the symptoms of schizophrenia. This discovery was made by an international team of researchers under the guidance of the University of Bonn and King’s College London. The scientists point out that this effect should be investigated more closely in persons who have to work at night. In addition, sleep deprivation may serve as a model system for the development of drugs to treat psychosis. The results have now been published in The Journal of Neuroscience.