One of the research team at the UT Southwestern Medical Center has come up with an interesting new finding. According to their study, a mammal’s quality of waking hours determines the ease of falling sleep. This was concluded by identifying two proteins, which were never liked before to alertness, and sleep-wake balance.
“This study supports the idea that subjective sleepiness is influenced by the quality of experiences right before bedtime. Are you reluctantly awake or excited to be awake?” said Dr. Masashi Yanagisawa, professor of molecular genetics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at UT Southwestern.
Co-author Dr. Robert Greene, UT Southwestern professor of psychiatry and a physician at the Dallas VA Medical Center, continues:
“Two of the great mysteries in neuroscience are why do we sleep and what is sleep’s function? Separating sleep need from wakefulness and identifying two different proteins involved in these steps represents a fundamental advance,” he said.
This study is quite ground-breaking will help one to assess and even treat sleep disorders, by focusing on the quality of wakefulness before bedtime.
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