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Monday night – time to check out the new articles in PLoS Biology and PLoS Medicine: Is Sleep Essential?: Everybody knows that sleep is important, yet the function of sleep seems like the mythological phoenix: “Che vi sia ciascun lo dice, dove sia nessun lo sa” (“that there is one they all say, where it…

…but if you do, I hope it was enjoyable! And edifying, of course. Kind of science that is amenable to experimentation at home.

Light and Time

Two of my SciBlings have recently covered papers that my readers should find interesting: Joseph: Bright Light and Melatonin Treatment Improves Dementia: A study published in JAMA indicates that treatment with bright light alone (1,000 lux), or bright light combined with melatonin, can improve symptoms in patients with dementia. Melatonin alone appeared to have a…

Circadian Math: 1 Plus 1 Doesn’t Always Equal 2: Like a wristwatch that needs to be wound daily for accurate time-telling, the human circadian system — the biological cycles that repeat approximately every 24 hours — requires daily light exposure to the eye’s retina to remain synchronized with the solar day. In a new study…

(Non) Adaptive Function of Sleep

From November 01, 2005, a review of a review…

What it really means when we are talking about babies “sleeping through the night” (from September 22, 2005)

The fourth part of a four-part series on the topic, this one from April 02, 2006….

More on sleep in adolescents

This is the third part of the series on the topic, from April 01, 2006…

Sleep Schedules in Adolescents

Earlier this year, during the National Sleep Awareness Week, I wrote a series of posts about the changes in sleep schedules in adolescents. Over the next 3-4 hours, I will repost them all, starting with this one from March 26, 2006. Also check my more recent posts on the subject here and here…

Adolescent Sleep Schedule

This kind of ignorant bleating makes me froth at the mouth every time – I guess it is because this is my own blogging “turf”. One of the recurring themes of my blog is the disdain I have for people who equate sleep with laziness out of their Puritan core of understanding of the world,…