circadian rhythm

It is tempting to think that we are idle while we are sleeping. But, it turns out, our brains aren’t less active when we sleep - they are just differently active to accomplish necessary sleep tasks. This is explored by writer Michael Finkel in a National Geographic magazine article titled “Sleep: Inside the New Science of Slumber”.

Have you ever wondered why you can't sleep at night, but you're tired and falling asleep during the day?  You may have heard about Non-24 and heard the requests for people to participate in a Non-24 Wake Sleep Disorder study.

Join us on Tuesday, January 9th at 12:00 noon and again on Saturday, January 13th at 12:00 noon for a special program from American Public Media.  Brains On! is a public radio science show that delves into the science behind circadian rhythms, on this special, Tick, Tock, Circadian Clock.

Sleep patterns for people with vision loss are often interrupted due to circadian rhythm patters being thrown off due to lack of light perception.  

Today it was announced that three American scientists — Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young — have been awarded the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine, who identified the gene that controls circadian rhythms in plants, animals, and humans, which may prove to be beneficial to people with vision loss.

This week, I have several newspaper articles I want to share with you. The topics will include circadian rhythm, high tech glasses, a hockey fan, and Braille greeting cards.

Non-24 hour sleep wake disorder is believed to affect over half of all totally blind individuals. It is now becoming a problem for the sighted as well.