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Secondary I • 1mo.

What does this mean: "Sleep deprivation, according to one research, amplifies reactions in areas of the brain associated with anxiety, such as the amygdala and anterior insula."

I'm having trouble understanding.

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    Team Alloprof • 1mo.

    Hello there ! :)

    Scientific language can be quite hard to understand at times.

    Basically, it means that a lack of sleep may trigger reactions in some parts of the brain (amygdala and anterior insula), which are known to contribute to anxiety.

    In other words, sleep deprivation can lead to anxiety or an implification of symptoms related to it.

    Hope this helps !

    Sarah G