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Unlocking Secrets Of The Body's Inner Clock -- Researchers Discover Key Control Mechanism For An Area Of The Brain That Regulates Sleep

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March 16, 1999
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Oregon Health Sciences University
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Much of what determines whether you sleep well or badly happens in a tiny area of the brain consisting of just a few thousand nerve cells, or neurons. Now, researchers at Oregon Health Sciences University have discovered that a chemical produced within the brain can slow the activity of those cells almost to a stop, effecting the body's reaction to light and darkness.

Much of what determines whether you sleep well or badly happens in a tiny area of the brain consisting of just a few thousand nerve cells, or neurons. Now, researchers at Oregon Health Sciences University have discovered that a chemical produced within the brain can slow the activity of those cells almost to a stop, effecting the body's reaction to light and darkness. The research, published in the March 15 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience, opens an entirely new avenue of research towards understanding the molecular basis of sleep disorders and problems related to natural light cycles, such as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).


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Oregon Health Sciences University. (1999, March 16). Unlocking Secrets Of The Body's Inner Clock -- Researchers Discover Key Control Mechanism For An Area Of The Brain That Regulates Sleep. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/03/990316063522.htm
Oregon Health Sciences University. "Unlocking Secrets Of The Body's Inner Clock -- Researchers Discover Key Control Mechanism For An Area Of The Brain That Regulates Sleep." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/03/990316063522.htm (accessed April 20, 2014).

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