Science Daily: Out like a light: Researchers ID brain’s ‘sleep switch’

| Posted in Brain Education, Brain Health, Brain Research

Two decades ago, Clifford B. Saper, MD/PhD, Chairman of the Department of Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and colleagues discovered a set of nerve cells they thought might be the switch that turns the brain off, allowing it to sleep. In a new study published in Nature Communications today, Saper and colleagues demonstrate in mice that that these cells — located in a region of the hypothalamus called the ventrolateral preoptic nucleus (VLPO) — are in fact essential to normal sleep. (October 8, 2018)

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