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Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:00

Researchers Confirm: Sleep Is Good for You

Does it seem a waste of valuable time to spend a third of life sleeping? If humans are so much more advanced than other animals, why do we require such a sizable period of downtime every day? Haven't we, by now, come up with an efficient way to substitute for the benefits of sleep without actually having to spend all those hours in the Land of Nod?

Researchers at Bar-Ilan University in Israel recently published a study in the journal Nature Communications that indicates new and interesting ways in which sleep and sleep disturbances may impact aging, brain performance, and a variety of brain disorders.

By looking at 3D time-lapse images in live zebrafish, the researchers narrowed down sleep to a single chromosome view and also came up with the ground-breaking discovery that each individual neuron needs sleep in order to conduct "nuclear maintenance".

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