Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Sleep News

Benefits of Power Napping


New research explores why we're sleepy after we eat


Serotonin, Acting In A Specific Brain Region, Promotes Sleep In Fruit Flies:
Researchers have found that the neurotransmitter serotonin, known to affect many behaviors, also appears to promote lasting, quality sleep in an animal model for understanding how sleep is regulated. While central to the lives of most animals, the proper regulation sleep remains a largely enigmatic process.
(The actual paper is here: A Sleep-Promoting Role for the Drosophila Serotonin Receptor 1A)


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