science of sleep

Shots - Health Blog
12:11 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Lack of sleep, genes can get sleepwalkers up and about

Though scientists have identified sleepwalking triggers, the condition is still a bit of a mystery.
Victoria Alexandrova iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 11:44 am

Miranda Kelly, a 14-year-old from Sykesville, Md., says she's been sleepwalking since she was 6 or 7. The first time, she says, "I woke up on the couch on a school day. And I'd gone to bed in my bed."

Since that first episode, Kelly now sleepwalks every couple of months. "I wake up in weird places, randomly. I have once woken up in the kitchen, and on the floor of the bathroom wrapped in my sheet," she says.

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Science of sleep
10:10 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Sleep: We all do it, but why?

One hypothesis that the very function of sleep is to reduce the brain's demand for glucose.
Amir jina Flickr

A scientist at Spokane’s Riverpoint campus has received a large grant to study one question: Why do humans sleep?

Scientist Jonathan Wisor has received a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how the brain processes glucose, which the body uses as a primary energy source.

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