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Lack of sleep messes with your genes

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02-26-2013, 04:57 PM
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Lack of sleep messes with your genes


Lack of sleep has been blamed for everything from poor driving to memory problems. Now, researchers think they’ve started to pinpoint why: week-long sleep studies of people resting for 10 hours a night vs. six hours showed significant changes in gene activity.

When sleep was restricted to under six hours a night, researchers noted that 444 genes showed suppressed activity, and 267 genes showed more activity. Those genes control everything from the body’s immune system to its reaction to stress.

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02-26-2013, 10:49 PM
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As was pointed out in the article, I think the quality of sleep and consistent hours of sleep are most important. If I can get 7 hours of sleep a night, I feel fine. If I get nine hours of sleep, I feel exhausted. If I get 6 hours or less, I feel like a zombie. I guess it has to do with your rem cycle and all that psy 101 junk.

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02-26-2013, 10:52 PM
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Weirdly, lack of sleep doesn't really effect me. I function just as well off of 10-12 hrs of sleep as I do on 3-4. I guess I'm just rare?

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