Investigating Genetics of Human Natural Short Sleepers (IGHNSS)

Study ID Alternative Stable ID Type
phs001270 Longitudinal

Study Description

Sleep is essential for life. A good night's sleep is pleasurable and sleep deprivation is stressful. Prolonged sleep loss impairs temperature control, metabolism, immunity, and ultimately leads to death. Extensive observational and epidemiological evidence indicates that optimal sleep duration of 8 hours is associated with the maintenance of good health. In our society, however, most people only get 6.5 - 7 hours. Suboptimal sleep duration has a strong association with mortality and morbidity. Lack of sleep has been linked to cardiovascular diseases, obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and other health/cognition conditions. It is clear that the biological need for sleep varies dramatically among humans. Sleep and circadian disorders can include Familial Advanced Sleep Phase (FASP), Delayed Sleep Phase (DSP), Advanced Sleep Phase (ASP), Natural Short Sleepers (NSS) or Long Sleeping. In example, Natural Short Sleepers (NSS) have a lifelong tendency to sleep only 4 - 6 hours per night and to awaken refreshed and energetic. Natural Long Sleepers biologically require 9 - 10 ... (Show More)

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dbGaP phs001270

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