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Why improving your sleep hygiene is a good idea

 

Narrator:       This is Science Today. Sleep hygiene refers to the control of behavioral and environmental factors that precede and interfere with sleep. Improving one's sleep hygiene includes maintaining a regular sleep pattern and avoiding disruptions in the sleep environment, such as lighting and television. But there is interest in looking at sleep from a genetic standpoint, too.

Mander:         As a matter of fact, there's been government funding sent to labs to see, can we find genes that are associated with the amount of time that animals sleep and can we learn more about the control of sleep that way and perhaps manipulate that.

Narrator:       Bryce Mander is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and while he is not involved in these genetic studies, Mander has found that while we sleep, our brain waves boost our ability to learn. So good sleep hygiene is definitely something to strive for.

Mander:         So, being consistent is important and making sure that you don't shortchange yourself on a regular basis would be good, too.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.