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I am not the only one on ScienceBlogs.com to write about circadian rhythms, sleep and (non-visual) photoreception. Over the years, my SciBlings have written about these and related topics as well. Here is a sampler – go and dig for more on their blogs. Stimulant Improves Sleep Locked-In Syndrome Opioids and Sleep Disorders Home Testing…

Ask the pilot: Ask yourself this: Whom would you prefer at the controls of your plane on a stormy night, a pilot who smoked a joint three days ago, or one who had six hours of sleep prior to a 13-hour workday in which he’s performed half a dozen takeoffs and landings? The first pilot…

The Scientist special topic: Sleep

Nice four articles: The Gears of the Sleep Clock By Allan Pack: When people have trouble sleeping–such as, in extreme cases, shift workers–those problems are not always rooted in disturbances in circadian rhythm, argues the University of Pennsylvania’s ALLAN PACK. Instead, his studies of sleep have shown that the master clock is only one player…

Daylight Saving Time

Yup, it’s tonight. If you were around here a few months ago, the day after the Fall Back day, you probably read this post. Disregarding the debate over rhetoric of science, that is probably my best, most detailed explanation for what happens to our bodies on those too strange days of the year – Spring…

Meetings I’d like to go to….Part IV

SLEEP 2009: 23rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC (APSS) will be held June 6-11, 2009, at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Washington. The SLEEP meeting attracts the largest audience of sleep specialists in the nation. It is the only five and a half day meeting in the…

This month’s Science Cafe (description below) will be held on February 17th at The Irregardless Cafe. We will be meeting Dr. Yvette Cook from the Rex Hospital Sleep Disorders Clinic. She will be talking with us about sleep patterns and why people may have trouble getting a good night’s sleep. I have attached an article…

It’s Thanksgiving tomorrow and the question (of the title of this post) pops up on the internets again. See SciCurious and Janet for the latest local offerings. Short answer: we don’t know. But there is endless speculation about it, each taking into account bits and pieces of information that we know about tryptophan and related…

Here are a few examples. One will feed you greasy bacon every morning. The other will donate to the GOP. Others will force you to perform either menial or mental tasks. I prefer a more gradual approach – a system that gradually increases the illumination in the room, the volume of sound (some pre-chosen music),…

If you live in (most places in) the United States as well as many other countries, you have reset your clocks back by one hour last night (or last week). How will that affect you and other people? One possibility is that you are less likely to suffer a heart attack tomorrow morning than on…

Sleep in animals – behavior and posture

Sleep researchers rarely pay attention to stuff like sleep position and sleep behavior, as opposed to EEG data, sleep duration, timing and patterns. But now Darren reviews that neglected aspect of animal sleep. Also see my post on the same topic about the sleep behavior in whales.