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Lack of sleep leads to groggy genes, study

Rescuers sleep outside a coal mine on Nov. 25 last year as they take a break during an operation to save trapped mine workers after a coal gas outburst hit the mine in China’s Guizhou Province.


Lack of sleep has a potentially harmful effect on gene expression, according to a study out on Aug. 6 that sheds light on the link between sleep deficits and a wide range of health conditions.

Lack of adequate shut-eye had already been linked to conditions from heart disease and cognitive impairment to obesity. But sleep researcher Derk-Jan Dijk and his fellow researchers have delved into the molecular mechanisms behind the phenomenon, looking at how missed sleep leads to health problems.

They found that a week of sleeping six hours or less a night affects the expression of some 711 genes, including those involved in inflammation, immunity, and stress responses.

Compared with test subjects who were allowed to sleep as long as 10 hours a night, those who lacked sleep had irregularities in their genes’ circadian rhythms.








1. groggy adj.

無力的 (wu2 li4 de5)

例: I felt a bit groggy for a couple of days after the operation.


2. shed light on idiom

闡釋 (chan3 shi4)

例: As an economist, he was able to shed some light on the problem.


3. delve into v. phr.

探究某事 (tan4 jiu4 mou3 shi4)

例: It’s not always a good idea to delve too deeply into someone’s past.


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