Latest Wakefulness Stories

2010-01-14 20:25:41

Zebrafish studies reveal pathways affecting sleep and wakefulness that are likely shared with humans A robust new technique for screening drugs' effects on zebrafish behavior is pointing Harvard University scientists toward unexpected compounds and pathways that may govern sleep and wakefulness in humans. Among their more intriguing findings, described this week in the journal Science: Various anti-inflammatory agents in the immune system, long known to induce sleep during infection, may also...

2009-08-20 14:20:00

Analysis shows snoozing is a strategy to increase efficiency, minimize riskBats, birds, box turtles, humans and many other animals share at least one thing in common: They sleep. Humans, in fact, spend roughly one-third of their lives asleep, but sleep researchers still don't know why.According to the journal Science, the function of sleep is one of the 125 greatest unsolved mysteries in science. Theories range from brain "maintenance" "” including memory consolidation and pruning...

2008-05-09 16:37:54

If you've been recently rescued from sleepwalking, here's a possible reason why you went zombie - lack of sleep. Sleepwalkers should keep a regular bedtime to avoid unwanted evening strolls, said Antonio Zadra Universite de Montreal, who led a team that recently investigated the link between sleep loss and sleepwalking. Somnambulism, which affects up to 4 percent of adults, can cause mental confusion, bouts of amnesia and even physical injuries in those affected as they wander....

Word of the Day
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'