A New Path for Sleep Therapies

Genetic studies of “short sleepers” may lead to sleep therapies for the sleep-deprived, The New York Times reported. Short sleepers are those who naturally get less than six hours a night yet wake up refreshed and energetic, and the trait seems to run in families. Most of us need 8 1/2 hours a night, but get less for various familiar reasons. If a gene mutation enjoyed by short sleepers could be bottled and sold, it would be like adding years to our lives, one study subject observed.


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