Study: Bright Screens Ruin Your SleepIf you're having trouble sleeping, it may be time to close the laptop and turn off the TV. That's the conclusion from a new study released by the National Sleep Foundation, which looked at the corolation between sleep and electronic devices. It seems the brightly lit displays so common on phones, computers, and televisions may be ruining our chances of a good night's sleepRead on...
Study: Circadian Rhythm Exists at the Red Blood Cell Level
It's no coincidence that you pop wide awake just moments before your daily alarm buzzes to life: Humans, and possibly all other living creatures, have an internal circadian clock that ticks along 24 hours a day. This clock controls everything from sleep cycles to migration patterns, and has even been found in life as basic as algae. Scientists previously assumed that these rhythms were connected to DNA and genes, but a new study from the Institute of Metabolic Science at the University of Cambridge has pinpointed the origin of the circadian clock to red blood cells (which don't contain DNA). The study was conducted by isolating red blood cells and observing their peroxiredoxin protein levels, which were then discovered to be responsible for the 24 hour clock. Much like we need an internal clock to chaperone our bodies throughout the day, individual cells need a clock to plan out their own routine.Read on...