Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sandpipers that sleep less mate more and have more offspring

This article describes research findings that a certain type of Sandpiper that sleeps less was able to mate more and have more offspring. The scientists involved in the study are not sure about why the birds get less sleep but the birds did not appear to have any negative effects from the sleep loss. Researchers are hoping to study the birds brains in order to understand the role of sleep and the effects of sleep loss. Unfortunately, many studies have shown that sleep loss in humans does affect her performance. Perhaps by studying these birds brains, we can figure out how to improve performance in humans who have endured sleep loss.

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