UMC to conduct research into hallucinations at Lowlands festival


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The University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht is to conduct new research at the Lowlands festival this year in order to create new treatments for patients who suffer from hallucinations as a result of sleep deprivation (insomnia).

It is not uncommon for people to hallucinate in the daytime, even after sufficient sleep, although this phenomenon is usually self-corrected by the brain in a matter of moments. Naturally, sleep deprivation only amplifies these hallucinatory effects and that is bad news for those who constantly suffer from insomnia.

Lowlands provides the perfect setting to carry out the research considering party-goers hardly get any sleep. The research involves a short survey between 5 and 10 minutes during which a brain film is taken to record neuroactivity. This will help to determine who is more sensitive to their surroundings in relation to their level of sleep deprivation.

Current available treatments are not effective enough in curing insomnia or cause a number of unpleasant side-effects which is why ongoing studies are necessary to better understand the nature of this manifestation.

The Lowlands festival begins on the 19th of August and lasts for three days.

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