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Identification of the neuronal suppressor of cataplexy, sudden weakening of muscle tone


Sleep is of absolute necessity for us humans, although if one falls asleep all of a sudden while being awoken, it would cause a big trouble. The brain is equipped with sleep mechanism and wakefulness mechanism, which are regulated to be on or off in an adequate manner.
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Little kids' regular bedtimes and ability to regulate emotions may lessen obesity risk


Family structure including regular bedtimes, mealtimes and limited screen time appear to be linked to better emotional health in preschoolers, and that might lower the chances of obesity later, a new study suggests.
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Study of sleep apps finds room for improvement


An analysis of 35 popular phone-based sleep apps finds that while most help users set sleep-related goals and track and manage their sleep, few make use of other methods known to help the chronically sleep-deprived.
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Researchers find a 'sleep gene'


Washington State University researchers have seen how a particular gene is involved in the quality of sleep experienced by three different animals, including humans.
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Delaying school start times won't help sleep deprived teenagers


Delaying school start times in the UK is unlikely to reduce sleep deprivation in teenagers, research from the University of Surrey and Harvard Medical School has found. The research, conducted in collaboration between mathematicians and sleep scientists, predicts that turning down the lights in the evening would be much more effective at tackling sleep deprivation.
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Sound waves boost older adults' memory, deep sleep


Gentle sound stimulation - such as the rush of a waterfall - synchronized to the rhythm of brain waves significantly enhanced deep sleep in older adults and improved their ability to recall words, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.
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