How your brain eat itself

Your brain starts to eat itself if it hasn’t had enough sleep, according to a new study.
Researchers studied lab mice, and found that ‘clean-up’ cells were more active in their brains when they were sleep-deprived.
The cells, known as astrocytes, act like mini Hoovers in the brain, sweeping up cells as the brain’s connections become weak and break apart.
‘We show for the first time that portions of synapses are literally eaten by astrocytes because of sleep loss,’ lead author Michele Bellesi told New Scientist .
According to the research team at Italy’s Marche Polytechnic University, the seemingly alarming process is actually a positive thing.
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