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Genetic Mutation Enables Less Sleep

reporter (666905) writes | more than 5 years ago

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reporter writes "According to an article by the "New York Times", "Researchers have found a genetic mutation in two people who need far less sleep than average, a discovery that might open the door to understanding human sleep patterns and lead to treatments for insomnia and other sleep disorders.

The finding, published in the Friday issue of the journal Science, marks the first time scientists have identified a genetic mutation that relates to sleep duration in any animal or human.

... [People possessing the mutated gene] routinely function on about 6 hours of sleep a night; the average person needs 8 to 8.5 hours of sleep.

Does 2 less hours of sleep mean 2 more hours in writing comments on SlashDot?"

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Great! (1)

Cornwallis (1188489) | more than 5 years ago | (#29069253)

Now we can look forward to 22 hour workdays. "You got your two hours of sleep you wuss!"
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