Sleepless nights might be in your genes

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The Academy

How is it that some people can get away with just a few hours of sleep, while others need 8 or more?  The answer may be found in your genes.  New research from The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine suggests there is a common genetic link to those who just can not get enough sleep.  The gene variant is connected to narcolepsy.  It can be found in about 30% of people who are always tired.  In this report, over 100 people were studied.  Researchers measured their sleep quality over several nights.  Those with the gene variant were found to be more tired and had fragmented sleep, waking up as often as 4 times per night.  So, if you slept through your alarm this morning and you were late for work, try blaming it on your genes!  Probably won’t fly with your boss…

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