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What Makes Insomniac Brains Different
Insomniacs have different brains! Weird brains!Super tired brains. God, I hate my insomnia. Anthony Carboni here for DNews and I had theworst insomnia from junior high almost all the way up through college. It's awful. You'realways drained, you can't think straight, you're depressed. While insomnia can be asymptom of a lot of things, we've never really pinpointed what the physiological change isin the body that makes it happen specifically. I never saw a specialist about it, but I'mpretty sure I had Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder it's common in teenagers and it basicallymeans your circadian rhythm is all offbalance your biological clock doesn't match up withthe day and night cycle. It can get less severe
as you get older mine only happens for acouple weeks a time now, then goes away for a bit. Insomnia can also be caused by psychologicalthings like stress or physical issues like sleep apnea. But researchers looking to starttreating insomnia at the biological root of the problem found a potential culprit: plasticityin the brain's motor cortex. We've talked about neuroplasticity before:its your brain's ability to adapt and change to different stimuli and situations. It meansif you want to change your habits or get better at something, you can because your brain willadapt to it eventually. The going theory was
that since people who suffer from insomniahave decreased memory and a hard time concentrating and retaining information, their brains wouldbe less plastic. Maybe being unable to process all that daytime info leads to sleeping problems. But a new study out of Johns Hopkins universitysays no an insomniac's motor cortex is more adaptable than someone who can sleep easily.They hooked up some healthy sleepers and insomniacs to electrodes and tried some transcranialmagnetic stimulation or TMS on them. Basically, it delivers precise levels of electrical currentsto parts of the brain but not in a weird, shock therapy, seen it in the movies way.In a more controlled, FDA approved, lets study
the brain and try to help people sort of way. So, they basically trained the sleeping subjects,using TMS, to move their thumbs in a certain way in reaction to stimulation. I feel likethe more I explain this, the less safe TMS is actually going to sound. AAAAANYWAY. Thenthey tried to retrain the subjects to have their thumbs move in the OTHER direction.And the insomniacs adapted to the change much more easily. So what does that meané Is neuroplasticitybadé Is it causing insomnia or is it the brain of an insomniac trying help the body copewith all the other physical and emotional
stresses that come with a lack of sleepé This is where I go quot;The researchers aren'tsure,quot; and you all groan and throw rotten vegetables at me. But here's what's good andexciting about the research: if the overly changeable motor cortex is connected to releasingall the stress hormones and causing all the other emotional issues of insomnia, TMS couldbe used to calm the brain down and help people get into the habit of healthy sleep. It'llalso make diagnosing legitimate insomnia much easier right now there's no way to objectivelytest for it, so a lot of people think they're insomniacs when they have other, more easilytreatable issues and vice versa.
In the meantime, if you're up, you can alwaystweet. At me. There's a good chance I am, too.