Research Finds New Health Benefits From Sleep | Suzanne Kane
"To die, to sleep -- perchance to dream – ay, there's the rub, for in this sleep of death what dreams may come..." – William Shakespeare, Hamlet Every human being requires sleep in order to function properly. Sleep is known to aid in healing, in memory formation, reducing stress, eliminating toxins – literally wiping the slate clean of the day's experiences to begin anew. The subject of decades of research, sleep science continues to amass evidence of new health benefits from sleep. SINGLE GENE INCREASES SLEEP NEED WHEN SICK A newly discovered single gene, called nemuri, increases the human body's need for sleep, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine whose work was published in Science. Studying over 12 lines of fruit flies, researchers found direct links between the immune system and sleep, which provides a possible explanation for how sleep increases during sickness. In their next phase of research, the scientists plan to