Good news Dear Readers! Our hard working scientific researchers have done it again!
Well, well! Thumbing through a copy 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 unprecedented 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.
Scientists Have Divided Themselves into Two Camps
The article goes on to say that the question of sleep has divided the Scientific Community into two camps:
- Scientific researchers who think sleep is good for you
- And scientific researchers who think sleep is even better for you than scientific researchers 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 scientific researchers have been staying up late staring at some zebra fish 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 scientific researchers.
Let Sleeping Brains Lie
Basically, all the scientific researchers had to do was show up at the same time, pour themselves some coffee, and shuffle over to the fish tank to “look” at the fish.
In this case, they were shuffling over to “look” at zebra fish because “their larvae are transparent”, which allowed researchers to watch their tiny brains as they slept (the larvae, that is).
Putting the “zzzzzz” in Zebra Fish
For you see, it had been determined at an earlier date that zebra fish are less active at night than they are during the day which the scientific researchers ascertained could only mean one thing. Zebra fish sleep at night.
After coming to this scientific conclusion, the scientific researchers could have simply gone right home and written about it in their Scientific Journals.
But the scientific researchers wanted to keep going because they just knew they were about to make a genuine Scientific Discovery — plus they could use the hours.
Talk About Dedicated!
So one camp of scientific researchers wrestled a zebra fish to the bottom of the tank while the other camp of scientific researchers held him down and dyed his neuron connections green and black. Ha!
They Could Be Dead, Sure, But Scientists Say They’re Sleeping
Well, wouldn’t you know, the scientific researchers soon found out that zebra fish’s synapse activity was lower during sleep. Who knew?
But how could the researchers tell that the zebra fish 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 scientific researchers paid off when the results were published in the Journal, Neuron, which is a magazine about neurons that all the scientific researchers subscribe to, thus cementing their status as the very first Scientific Researchers to observe the effects of sleep/wake cycles 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