A study published last week by the Journal of Neuroscience reveals that staying awake for too long kills brain cells in mice and could do the same in humans. While this isn’t necessarily a shocking realization, it’s the first study to definitively tie irreversible brain damage to the lack of sleep. This hit home particularly hard for me, as how was anyone expected to get any sleep this past week?
The saga surrounding the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 dominated the airwaves around the world, and government officials held their press conferences at very Connecticut-unfriendly times, keeping me up at all hours. Was it pilot error? Piracy? Terrorism? The mystery surrounding the reasons for its disappearance was soon upstaged by rumors of its reappearance in the ocean. Constant sightings of “new potential objects in the southern corridor” has had CNN in “Breaking News” mode for almost three weeks now (despite offering little actual “breaking news”).