As we learned in class sleep deprived teen do worse in school, but what actually makes us so sleepy after losing sleep? In a research done by scientists in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, they found out fruit fly brains and sleep work similarly to humans. This led to research which ultimately shows a part of the brain in the flies called the R2 neuron. Flies that got sleep only had this section light up once every minute, however flies that are sleep deprived lit up their R2 neurons four times every minute. Moreover the sleep deprived flies had R2 neurons light up in more places, more frequently, and brighter. Ultimately this concludes that sleep deprived teens will get tired more often and more intense desire to sleep compared to well rested teens.
This is really interesting how we can do more research on fruit flies to hopefully find a way to solve problems such as insomnia and people with overactive sleep drive.
Do you think further research into this can help cure sleep diseases or abnormalities? Do you think this can also lead to more potent sleep pills or even the opposite?