Scientists Find Troubling Link Between Sleep Deprivation and Addiction

Sleep is essential to the human body, helping repair bodily damage, process the day’s events and keep the immune system and metabolism operating smoothly. Sleep also alters reward-seeking and behavior. Bad sleep can put people at risk for worse decisions, including using or abusing alcohol and drugs. In a recent study published in the journal eNeuro, scientists examined the underlying brain system that can influence reward-seeking and can trigger relapse: the orexin system.

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