Neuroscientists discover on/off switch in the brain for deep sleep

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The parafacial zone (PZ) in the brain stem produces half of all the brain’s sleep-promoting activity.

For the first time ever, neuroscientists have used an innovative new method to identify a circuit in the brain that promotes deep sleep, which reinvigorates the brain from its daily activities.



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Lack of sleep is killing you: Infographic

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Sleep or die – lack of sleep can have serious effects to your health.

There could be serious risks to your health if you don’t get the right amount of sleep every night.  Lack of sleep can leave long-lasting effects on your body and your mind.  The medical perspective is irrefutable: lack of sleep is deadly.

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30 most sleep-deprived cities in the U.S.


A federal study concluded in 2008, certain states have higher incidence rates of sleeplessness than others.

Functioning on a few hours of sleep isn’t just miserable, it’s dangerous, as recent news has suggested.  Several air-traffic controllers were caught sleeping on the job last month, prompting the FAA to fire a few. Recent studies have proven that sleep deprivation can make people more unethical, less attractive, and can weaken problem-solving skills.


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‘Insomnia cap’ keeps brain cool for a better sleep


Keeping your head cool could help you sleep better.

Are you kept awake on hot, summer nights? There’s a simple cure – keep a cool head!  Insomnia is associated with increased metabolism in the brain’s frontal cortex, and the metabolism can be reduced by literally cooling that part of the brain, via regional cerebral hypothermia, according to research from the Sleep Neuroimaging Research Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


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