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REM sleep critical for young brains; medication interferes
July 3, 2015

By Rebecca Phillips, University Communications

FrankSPOKANE, Wash. – Rapid eye movement or REM sleep actively converts waking experiences into lasting memories and abilities in young brains, reports a new study from Washington State University Spokane.

Researchers isolate smallest unit of sleep to date
June 9, 2015

By Rebecca Phillips, University Communications science writer

Krueger-James-Aug2012SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington State University Spokane scientists have grown a tiny group of brain cells that can be induced to fall asleep, wake up and even show rebound sleep after “staying up late.”

Research shows sleep loss impedes decision making in crisis
May 7, 2015


By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences science writer

SPOKANE, Wash. – The difference between life and death in the operating room, on the battlefield or during a police shootout often comes down to the ability to adapt to the unexpected. Sleep deprivation may make it difficult to do so, according to a Washington State University study published this … » More …

Research examines pilot alertness in multi-leg flights
February 26, 2015

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane

cockpitSPOKANE, Wash. – Washington State University and the Regional Airline Association has released a report detailing the findings of the first, science-based study of pilot fatigue in multi-segment flight operations. The study was conducted by researchers at WSU’s Sleep and Performance Research Center.

Pharmacy researcher fights skin cancer with zzzzs
September 18, 2014

By Lori Maricle, College of Pharmacy

Gaddameedhi-80SPOKANE, Wash. – Sleep’s influence on skin cancer and on the effectiveness of anti-cancer treatments is under study by a new researcher in the Washington State University College of Pharmacy.

‘Exploding head syndrome’ a real, overlooked sleep disorder
May 6, 2014

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Sharpless-80PULLMAN, Wash.—It sounds like a phrase from Urban Dictionary or the title of an animated gif, but a Washington State University researcher says “exploding head syndrome” is an authentic and largely overlooked phenomenon that warrants a deeper look.

WSU innovation improves drowsy driver detection
April 22, 2014

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane

drowsydrivingSPOKANE, Wash.—Researchers at Washington State University Spokane have developed a new way to detect when drivers are about to nod off behind the wheel.

Effects of meth use on brain metabolism, sleep studied
February 26, 2014

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane

Wisor-80SPOKANE, Wash. – WSU sleep scientist Jonathan Wisor has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the effects of chronic methamphetamine use on brain metabolism and sleep. The two-year, $395,577 grant comes from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which is part of the NIH.