Tag Archives: sleep

Octopuses Sleep States


In a new study, published this week in the journal iScience, a team of researchers showed that Brazil reef octopuses (Octopus insularis) have two different quiescence states that fulfill the behavioral criteria for sleep, namely ‘quiet sleep’ and ‘active sleep.’ Brazil reef octopuses (Octopus insularis) have ‘quiet’ and ‘active sleep,’ …

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Bees And Fruit Flies

Neonicotinoid insecticides, such as imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam and thiacloprid, affect the amount of sleep taken by both buff-tailed bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) and fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster), according to two new studies led by University of Bristol researchers. The buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris). Image credit: Myriam. “The neonicotinoids we tested had …

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Tips For A Better Night’s Sleep

Everyone benefits from a good night’s sleep. Poor sleep habits can lead to a variety of issues and challenges including weakening of the immune system and even weight gain. Working to improve your sleep truly does have an abundance of benefits. See below for some helpful tips on how to …

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

While the cause of Alzheimer’s disease remains a mystery, amyloid plaques that are toxic to brain cells are known indicators of the disease. A team of researchers from Australia and Iceland has found that these plaques start in the same place and spread in the same way in the brains …

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Illuminate Functions of Sleep

Before the age of 2 or 3 years, the human brain grows very rapidly and, during REM sleep, is busy building and strengthening synapses. After 2 or 3 years, however, sleep’s primary purpose switches from brain building to brain maintenance and repair, a role it maintains for the rest of …

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‘Sleep Gene’ Identified: FABP7

An international team of scientists from the United States and Japan has seen how a particular gene, called the fatty acid binding protein 7 (FABP7), is involved in the quality of sleep experienced by three different animals, including humans. The study was published in the April 5, 2017 issue of …

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8 Soothing Smoothie Recipes to Help You Sleep

Does your nightcap usually involve a glass of red wine, a cup of chamomile or maybe some milk and cookies? These days, everyone is looking for a magic ticket to the ultimate snooze fest. Some companies have even created a sleep protein powder to blend into your evening cuppa. But …

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Sleep Deprivation Suppresses Your Immune System, Study of Twins Shows

A University of Washington-led team of researchers studying monozygotic (identical) twins has found that chronic sleep deprivation suppresses immune system. The research is published in the journal Sleep. The study by N.F. Watson et al shows the transcriptomic effects of habitual short sleep on dysregulated immune response and provides a …

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