Sleeping is all in the genes
Jeremy Laurance is a writer on health issues. He is former health editor of The Independent and the i and has covered the specialism for more than 20 years. He thinks the harm medicine does is under-appreciated, the harm it prevents over-rated, and that cycling works better than most drugs. He was named Specialist Journalist of the Year in the 2011 British Press Awards.
Monday 05 December 2011
Scientists have found the reason why some people need more sleep than others lies in their genes. A survey of more than 10,000 people showed those carrying the gene ABCC9, present in one in five of us, slept longer than the average of eight hours. The finding, which is published in Molecular Psychiatry, could explain why Margaret Thatcher only needed four hours a night as Prime Minister while Albert Einstein was said to sleep for 11.
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