Saturday, August 15, 2009

No Sheep Need Apply

It could, probably, be said that this mother-daughter team don't need to count sheep to get to sleep.

Mutation Tied to Need for Less Sleep Is Discovered

The scientists were searching the samples for variations in several genes thought to be related to the sleep cycle. In what amounts to finding a needle in a haystack, they spotted two DNA samples with abnormal copies of a gene called DEC2, which is known to affect circadian rhythms. They then worked back to find out who provided the samples and found a mother and daughter who were naturally short sleepers. The women routinely function on about 6 hours of sleep a night; the average person needs 8 to 8.5 hours of sleep.


What distinguishes the two women in the study and other naturally short sleepers is that they go to bed at a normal time and wake up early without an alarm. The two women, one in her 70s and the other in her 40s, go to bed around 10 or 10:30 at night and wake up alert and energized around 4 or 4:30 in the morning, Dr. Fu said.

“When they wake up in morning, they feel they have slept enough,” Dr. Fu said. “They want to get up and do things. They arrange all their major tasks in their morning.”
I would be interested to know what "major tasks" get done, before the sun rises, by these two.

Ron Chusid, over on Liberal Values had a little fun with this;
There is no word as to whether the two mutants who were discovered will receive training from Professor Xaviar to use their powers for the benefit of humanity.


So far there has not been panic seen in the general public over the news of mutants living among us but some executives at Starbucks are nervous over the prospect of humanity being genetically engineered to require less sleep.

I suppose, if they were to crack into the X-Men franchise, they would go under the moniker of "The Sleepers", and they would have to create a scene in the movie, with "The Sleepers", good-naturedly, of course, mocking the other mutant heroes for being "lazy"

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