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You sit in front of the screen while a boring zoom session and feel your eyelids getting heavy and you are about to fall asleep. Why does boredom cause our brain to go into 'sleep mode' and what can be done to prevent it?



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Do you get bored in boring meetings?

That's why it's happening

You sit in front of the screen while a boring zoom session and feel your eyelids getting heavy and you are about to fall asleep.

Why does boredom cause our brain to go into 'sleep mode' and what can be done to prevent it?

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Tuesday, 29 September 2020, 06:39

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In the video: 5 amazing facts about the brain

Again you are in an endless zoom session.

One of the participants talks non-stop about something ... you no longer really follow him, because your eyelids suddenly feel heavy.

You strive to keep a yawn modest, so that they will not see you.

Maybe it's because you watched TV until late last night and maybe it's just a really boring meeting.

This too is enough to make your brain start to fall asleep, and it has a scientific explanation.



According to a study conducted at Tsukova University in Japan in 2017, falling asleep from boredom is completely a real matter and something that can happen.

The study's findings, published in the journal Nature Communications, illustrate exactly how a bored brain gets tired.

The nucleus accumbens - the area in the brain that is associated with motivation and pleasure, can also cause sleep.

When your environmental conditions do not provide the brain with pleasure or motivation, it begins to send signals that it is time to go to sleep.

But why is this happening?

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The neurons of the nucleus accumbens are so powerful that they are almost indistinguishable from neurons that induce natural sleep (known as slow-wave sleep), which is characterized by slow, high-voltage brain waves.

Just so they don 't see me trying to swallow a yawn.

Woman in front of a screen of a multi-participant zoom call (illustration: shutterstock)

Japanese researchers believe that a neurotransmitter called adenosine is responsible for activating the sleep effect in this area of ​​the brain.

It causes sleep with the help of specific type 2A2 receptors.

Those receptors, interesting to know, are blocked by caffeine, which is one of the popular stimulants.

The researchers believe that one of the applications of their research may be to identify substances that activate these receptors in favor of drug development and insomnia treatments.

How to stay awake when you are bored

So what do you do when you are in such a boring situation that your brain starts to go into 'sleep mode'?

Caffeine is one of the available and obvious solutions - get up and have a cup of coffee.

But even that does not always work.

"When coffee alone is not enough to keep you awake during boring meetings, I recommend getting up and standing or walking back and forth. And if someone asks why you do it, you can always say something about it that hurts your back," says Dr. Patricia Salver.

Caffeine can definitely help here.

A cup of cold coffee and a straw (illustration: shutterstock)

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Another solution (and advantage) of zoom sessions is that you can always turn off your camera for a few minutes, so that you will not be seen yawning or yawning, until you wake up a little.

If you have the option, take advantage of these minutes to get out of the room, preferably out into the open air, breathe and soak up some sunlight.

"It will increase the levels of orexin in your body. It is a neuropeptide that helps with the feeling of alertness. After a few minutes like this, you will feel fresher and you will be able to return to your session," suggests Dr. Selber.

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