London: Sleepless nights could lead to serious mental health problems like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, a new research has claimed.
The study, conducted by Oxford University, has found that circuits in the brain are shared by mechanisms that control sleep and mental health, and therefore if your sleep is disrupted, your mental health could be too, the Daily Express reported.
Professor Russell Foster told the publication that the appalling sleep-wake cycle in schizophrenia is independent of medication and social constraints and is something fundamentally wrong with the body clock of patients with the disease.
The research also identified a genetic mutation that triggers schizophrenia-like symptoms in mice, which also appears to disrupt their body clocks.
According to Foster, young people are at high risk of bipolar because of their abnormal sleep-wake pattern.