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September 19, 2020 - Science Alert

New Research Helps Explain Why Tiny Humans And Animals Sleep So Much

New Research Helps Explain Why Tiny Humans And Animals Sleep So Much
Young Squirrel, Sleeping File Image: (c) Photabulous!

For toddlers, life is full of new experiences. Researchers have now added a whole new milestone to the long list of changes tiny humans go through – a dramatic change in brain function that gives sleep a critical purpose.

Decades of study on the importance of sleep in brain development and maintenance have given us a pretty good idea of the necessity of a decent amount of shut-eye.

Now US researchers have fleshed out our understanding of sleep's major functions by developing a mathematical model that reveals how we undergo a shift in sleep behaviour as we leave the baby years behind.

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