Wave patterns associated with disturbed sleep closely match those of people with a schizophrenia diagnosis, according to research from the Eli Lilly Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience and the University of Bristol in the U.K. Published in Neuron, the paper explores the rhythmic neural network activity associated with communication between limbic and cortical areas, inspired by evidence linking abnormal sleep and memory consolidation with psychiatric illnesses. “Sleep disturbances might be a cause, not just a consequence of schizophrenia. In fact, abnormal sleep patterns may trigger abnormal brain activity in a range of conditions,” says the lead researcher.
Abstract → Phillips, K., Bartsch, U., et al; Decoupling of Sleep-Dependent Cortical and Hippocampal Interactions in a Neurodevelopmental Model of Schizophrenia. Neuron. November 8, 2012; 76(3), pp. 526-533
Of Further Interest:
Could poor sleep contribute to symptoms of schizophrenia?
Could Poor Sleep Contribute to Symptoms of Schizophrenia? (Science Daily)
Poor Sleep Can Cause Symptoms Of Schizophrenia (Medical News Today)
Does schizophrenia cause poor sleep, or could it be the other way around? (Schizophrenic.com)
Not getting a good night’s sleep could cause schizophrenia (Scotsman.com)
Treating insomnia in schizophrenic patients