Star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes appear to play an essential role in sleep, scientists with the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center are finding.
When we rest, some parts of our brain are active. When we are up and moving, parts of our brain are at rest.
By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane Office of Research
SPOKANE, Wash. – If you spend your nights staring at the bedroom ceiling, you’re not alone. About a quarter of U.S. adults suffer from insomnia, which significantly impacts their quality of life.
By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer
SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have seen how a particular gene is involved in the quality of sleep experienced by three different animals, including humans. The gene and its function open a new avenue for scientists exploring how sleep works and why animals need it so badly.
By Doug Nadvornick, College of Medical Sciences
SPOKANE, Wash. – For 40 years, Northwestern University biology professor Fred Turek has investigated circadian rhythms – internal cycles that tell our bodies when to sleep, eat and work. Interrupted rhythms can lead to chronic fatigue and health problems, such as obesity.