Although sleep is essential our health and wellbeing, all of us have had a time where we didn’t get as much sleep as should have.

Sleep deprivation in itself causes us to feel loopy, spacey, and even drunk.

Well, according to a new study, this “drunk” sensation occurs due to “[disruption in] communication between brain cells.”

“We discovered that starving the body of sleep also robs neurons of the ability to function properly. This paves the way for cognitive lapses in how we perceive and react to the world around us,” stated Professor Itzhak Fried, who led the study.

The study tested those who were sleep deprived, and it was found that overall brain cell activity dampened and slowed down. Brain wave activity also depreciated, making mental lapses and cognitive decline much more likely.