Chronic sleep deprivation suppresses immune system

On January 31, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Many people report getting sick when they don’t get enough sleep. A new study helps explain why. Researchers took blood samples from 11 pairs of identical twins with different sleep patterns and discovered that the twin with shorter sleep duration had a depressed immune system, compared with…

Why you're stiff in the morning: Your body suppresses inflammation when you sleep at night

On August 10, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

New research published online in The FASEB Journal, describes a protein created by the body’s “biological clock” that actively represses inflammatory pathways within the affected limbs during the night. This protein, called cryptochrome, has proven anti-inflammatory effects in cultured cells and presents new opportunities for the development of drugs…

Sleep suppresses brain rebalancing

On March 22, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Why humans and other animals sleep is one of the remaining deep mysteries of physiology. One prominent theory in neuroscience is that sleep is when the brain replays memories “offline” to better encode them (“memory consolidation”). A prominent and competing theory is that sleep is important for re-balancing…