Wednesday, March 30, 2016

               In the article, “Important associations between genetics, sleep behavior identified by study,” from Science Daily talks about identifying the genes that are associated with sleep duration and validating the connection between sleep and lifestyle factors, including but not limited to age, gender, and exercise. Coriell Institute for Medical Research performed an analysis concerning genes involved in ATP metabolism, circadian cycles, narcolepsy, sleep cycles in mice, and bear hibernation. I thought this was a very important topic, especially because I do not have a great sleeping schedule. Everyone knows that getting inadequate sleep is a major problem and can result in many health complications.
                One quotation about the results of the study by Dr. Scheinfeldt states, "Individuals who average six hours or less are more susceptible to adverse health issues, and we found that participants enrolled in the CPMC study vary greatly in the amount of sleep they receive. Effectively, by learning more about an individual's sleep patterns and considering environmental and genetic risk factors, physicians may one day be able to identify risks before they occur and target health solutions."
                The 2007 study had 8, 500 volunteer participants and produced more than 20 publications examining a wide range of human conditions such as cancers and diabetes. From the outcome of this study, it is apparent that genes have a major impact on sleep. The result of sleep deprivation are many human conditions that are harmful to organisms. 

1 comment:

  1. While sleeping your body is healing and repairing your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Bad genetics mixed with sleep deprivation can be catastrophic to the human body.