Hard Working Scientists Have Done It Again!
Well, well! Thumbing through a copy of the January issue of Scientific American in an article entitled: Why Sleep is Good for You, it seems our industrious Scientist Community has been staying up late worrying about going to bed early.
In an unprecendented effort to dig up more work, Scientist’s have been studying the brain’s performance while sleeping and not sleeping by studying see-through fish.
Divided into Two Camps
The article goes on to say that the question of sleep has divided the Scientific Community into two camps:
Those who think sleep is good for you, and those who think sleep is even better for you than those who think sleep is good for you.
Scientists Who Stare at Fish
According to the article, a “group” (probably less than 50 but more than 25) of Researchers have been staying up late staring at some Zebrafish in the aquarium at the lab. This is the kind of activity that just about any group can do without the need to pre-coordinate; thus making it quite popular among uncoordinated groups of Researchers.
Let Sleeping Brains Lie
Putting the “zzzzzz” in Zebrafish
Talk About Dedicated!
So one Camp of Researchers wrestled a Zebrafish to the bottom of the tank while the other Camp of Researchers held him down and dyed his neuron connections green and black.
They Could Be Dead, Sure, But Scientists Say They’re Sleeping
Well, wouldn’t you know, the Researchers soon found out that zebrafish’s synapse activity was lower during sleep. But how could the Researchers tell that the Zebrafish was, in fact, asleep? Because, first it started yawning and then it closed its eyes for about eight hours give or take.
The upshot is that the hard work of the Reseachers paid off when the results were published in the Journal, Neuron, and the Researchers become the very first to show the effects of sleep/wake cycles and time of day on the synapses of a living vertebrate!
And if that little bit of scientific good news doesn’t put a spring in your step, nothing will.
Until next time. . . I love you