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Particular Brain Rhythm in Sleep Makes You More Vulnerable to Disturbances
Date:3/3/2011

sleep levels that are not apparent when visually inspecting an EEG.

The study appears in the journal PLoS One.

"This finding paves the way toward futuristic sleep treatments in which medication or other therapies are delivered moment-to-moment, only when needed, to protect sleep when the brain is most vulnerable but otherwise let natural brain rhythms run their course," study senior author Dr. Jeffrey Ellenbogen, chief of the MGH Division of Sleep Medicine, said in the news release.

"Learning more about the mechanism behind this association between the alpha rhythm and sleep fragility should lead to an even greater understanding of the factors that maintain sleep's integrity in the face of noise and other nuisances," he added.

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The American Academy of Sleep Medicine offers a list of healthy sleep habits.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Massachusetts General Hospital, news release, March 3, 2011


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