Nobel Prize Winner Cautions about Chronic Sleep Deprivation Affecting Western World


Published Date : Oct 09, 2017

Nobel Prize winner, Michael Rosbash, a neuroscientist, has pointed out the chronically sleep-deprived status of the western society. This has come from an expert who specializes in circadian rhythms and believes that sleep patterns have been long overlooked as a public health issue. Alongside two other Americans, the Brandeis University professor has been awarded with the 2017 medicine prize for researching about ways genes control the natural sleep rhythms of the human body.

The process of the regulation of the human body during the day is facilitated by circadian rhythms. It affects metabolism, body temperature, hormone levels, behavior, and sleep. It had been once believed by scientists that the sole internal timekeeper is the brain. However, more studies have highlighted the presence of comparable timekeeping genes present in most of the body cells.

Research Allows Better Understanding of Poor Sleep Affecting Human Body

According to the Nobel Prize committee, the researchers had explained how humans, animals, and plants adapt their biological rhythm so as to synchronize it with the revolutions of the earth. Moreover, explanations about the inner workings of the human body’s biological clock had been given by the researchers.

The win has been anticipated to have come weeks after a prominent sleep scientist stated that a multitude of potentially fatal diseases was caused due to a catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic. Furthermore, sleep deprivation was rife in the modern society and affected almost all aspects of human biology, as per University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Human Sleep Science director, Professor Matthew Walker.