The Genetics Behind Sleep Duration

By: Meenu Johnkutty ’21 The need to sleep is one of health and medicine‚Äôs biggest paradoxes. Though we spend nearly a third of our lives asleep, little is really known about this process. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, over 30 to 35% of the population suffers from insomnia, which is characterized by a difficulty in initiating or maintaining sleep throughout the night. … Continue reading The Genetics Behind Sleep Duration

Boredom and the Urge to Sleep: The Link Explained

By: Meenu Johnkutty ’21 If you have ever felt the strong impulse to sleep during a boring lecture or movie, researchers from the University of Tsukuba in Japan can explain why. In their study, published in Nature, the researchers led by Yo Oishi implicated a region of the brain called the nucleus accumbens in the onset of slow wave sleep. The nucleus accumbens is a … Continue reading Boredom and the Urge to Sleep: The Link Explained