Imagine Doing More on Less Sleep…

Written by on November 25, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments


no sleep workA group of American scientists working at the Center for Applied Genomics in Philadelphia have discovered a gene variant that allows certain people to be just as effective on, say, four hours of sleep than some people who require a full eight hours of shut-eye each night.

Sleep is one of the areas that seems to be getting an awful lot of attention from the medical research establishment over the past few years. Scientists and researchers are unlocking more information about this vital process that remains very much a part of the human condition.

Despite all of the advances that we have made in modern science, we still all require a certain amount of sleep every day in order to function at our best. Going several days without sleep can effectively make a person act like they are completely insane.

We all know what it is like to wake up in the morning not feeling refreshed and a lack of sleep can make it much more difficult to go about our day – particularly on a work day. So the big question that was dogging researchers is why can some people sleep only a moderate amount and still be just as effective as those who got a full nights rest?

The answer lays our genes.

The study, which was published in the journal Sleep, involved 100 sets of twins with a focus on discovering which genetic variants were responsible for changes to an individuals sleep patterns. The conclusions of the study indicated that those who had the variant chose to sleep for less time than those who did not have it.

The conclusions also indicated that those who possessed the gene variant were also significantly better at completing mental tasks after deprived of sleep for upwards of 38 hours.

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