Single brain 'switch' controls both sleep and wakefulness

On June 14, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

There are countless adverse health effects associated with not getting enough sleep. But a recent study may pave the way for new sleep therapies, as a single brain area is found to control both sleep and wakefulness. As an adult, you should sleep for at least 7 hours each night…

Calcium controls sleep duration in mice

On March 18, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

University of Tokyo and RIKEN researchers have identified seven genes responsible for causing mice to stay awake or fall asleep based on a theoretical model of sleep and on experiments using 21 different genetically-modified mice, some of which showed different sleep durations. Researchers hope that their research will contribute…

How the brain controls sleep

On October 15, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,, , With No Comments

Brain structure generates pockets of sleep within the brain. Sleep is usually considered an all-or-nothing state: The brain is either entirely awake or entirely asleep. However, MIT neuroscientists have discovered a brain circuit that can trigger small regions of the brain to fall asleep or become less alert, while…