The Sleep Gene

There is nothing greater than getting a good night’s sleep. Well, for some people, sleep is unfortunately not in their vocabulary. They call themselves, short sleepers or people that can function without a lot of sleep before them.

In particular, a man by the name of Brad Johnson has taken concern over not sleeping a normal amount of hours. Realizing his siblings deal with the same issue, the concern was brought to a sleep doctor. Once the doctor got a hold of the issue, he was intrigued and did some research.

According to the New York Times, “Dr. Ptacek and his colleagues identified a gene mutation that shows up in every naturally short-sleeping member of Mr. Johnson’s family,” after completing research and taking blood samples from the family members. Being that this was the case, scientists decided to a bit more digging.

They placed the gene into lab mice to find out if the gene really has an effect on sleep.¬†Findings show that “When the scientists took the mutated version of the gene and put it in lab mice, they found that the mice needed about an hour less sleep a day than their siblings that did not have the gene,” according to the New York Times. In turn, proving that the gene has a direct effect on sleep.

With this information, scientists have hopes that they can later on aid people who have sleeping issues.

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