How’s that for a hook? But seriously, guys, we have some news: UC Berkeley scientists have recently found that jet lag can seriously decrease the rate of neuron birth. So in layman’s terms, yes, this means that hamsters are dumber if they’re jet-lagged.
As adorable as the idea of hamsters flying on tiny planes from time zone to time zone sounds, these hamsters were just subjected to scientists advancing their day and night schedules by six hours (meant to mimic going from Paris to New York every three days for a month).
This led to a decrease of 50 percent in new neuron production in the hamsters’ hippocampuses, and the hamsters were still sluggish after 28 days on a normal schedule.
So what does this mean? Well, jet lag sucks even more, but we’re pretty sure that only silly people will say: Stop transatlantic travelling! It’s making you dumb! Maybe we’ll just go back to the old idea that sleep is good.