A BREAKTHROUGH IN SLEEP SCIENCE MAY PROVIDE ANSWERS THOSE WHO STRUGGLE TO SLEEP
Written by Jennifer Snow on 08/10/2017
Winchester, VA – Sleep deprivation is a serious problem among way too many people in our nation. Lack of sleep can raise the risk of obesity, depression, heart attacks and strokes. The Daily Mail is reporting on a scientific breakthrough which explains why some people do better on less sleep than others, and it is a breakthrough which may help those with sleep disorders in the future. A team of researchers from Texas studied the levels of a protein called BMAL1 in the muscles of mice. BMAL1 is described as “a circadian clock protein.” The mice who had less BMAL1 in their muscles experienced disrupted normal sleep and they had a more difficult time recovering from the effects of sleep deprivation. Mice who had more BMAL1 in their muscles experienced an increased need for sleep and slept more deeply. The amounts of BMAL1 in the brain made no difference; it was the amounts in the muscles that affected sleep quality and duration. This information can hopefully lead to a way to help those who are employed in occupations which require extended periods of wakefulness. The next step, of course, is to discover is similar pathways exist in people.
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