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Talking of sleep...

Finally had a breakthrough in my dissertation (the influence of genomic imprinting on sleep)!  Have spent the last few weeks aimlessly trying to piece together bits of information but it finally glues together.  Now I can sleep soundly, until tomorrow, when the slog begins again.


  1. You know what's interesting: During Slow Wave Sleep the temporary memory traces that are stored in the Hippocampus are transferred to the Neocortex for permanent memory storage. Slow Wave Sleep is also when babies die of SIDS. There is a very easy and simple way to diminish Slow Wave Sleep in an infant: Place them to sleep on their backs (Numerous papers on this). So, in 1992 the Back to Sleep campaign was begun. Prior to 1992 about 90% of infants in the U.S. slept on their sides or stomachs. Now 75% of infants in the U.S. sleep on their backs which greatly diminishes slow wave sleep which is important in terms of memory consolidation. Since, the Back to Sleep campaign began there has been a huge increase in children with behavior issues, motor skills problems, etc. Just food for thought. All the best on your dissertation.

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