Summary #876

A Third "Short Sleep" Gene Has Been Discovered – And It Prevents Memory Deficits
  • Third “short sleep” gene has been discovered, and it’s the first one that also prevents memory deficits related to sleep deprivation.
  • Researchers identified a mutation in the neuropeptide S receptor 1 (NPSR1) in a father-and-son pair who sleep ~5 hours on average.
  • Not only does it promote short sleep, but also prevents memory problems related to low amounts of sleep.
  • The field of sleep genetics is advancing rapidly, and researchers are uncovering the role of genes in our sleeping habits.
  • This discovery is an important step to create more effective treatments for sleeping disorders.


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