To Sleep, Perchance to Dream?
We recently published a new issue of the Charité NeuroScience (CNS) Newsletter, bringing you the latest on Sleep.
“I have too much to do. I can sleep when I’m dead.” Sound familiar? Why do we
even bother spending a third of our lives unconscious? In this issue of the
Snoozeletter (sorry), we drift off to dreamland to explore one of the most mysterious
neurological phenomena of all time.
Have you ever wondered whether your pets dream (about you, hopefully) (pages
4-5)? Or whether skipping a few hours of shuteye is a good idea? Spoiler alert:
it’s not! You need it to remember (page 6), to develop (page 11), and work on your
fi ne motor skills (page 13). And with enough sleep deprivation, you will also learn
how things go downhill really fast (pages 9 and 14). Think that your sleeping
patterns probably don’t match a 9 to 5 schedule? Check out our article on social
jetlag (page 7). We cover this year’s Nobel laureates’ work (page 6) and how it
could affect treatment of medical illnesses (page 10). So perhaps you shouldn’t
feel so guilty for having that session of Napflix & Chill.
Sounds interesting? Well, we also talked to researchers working in a sleep lab (13),
as sleep consultants (14), and even studying lucid dreaming (8). From the busiest
human to the humble jellyfi sh (page 5), we all need our shuteye. Or perhaps you
are dreaming a new collaborative research project? Hear about this year’s exciting
DESIRE conference from our correspondent Aliénor Ragot (14).
So put on your pyjamas, crawl into bed with a glass of Glühwein, and get into
December hibernation-mode with some great writing from the Berlin neuroscience
community. Happy reading, and enjoy the winter holidays!
Volume 10, Issue 04
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