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The average person needs 8.5 hours of sleep a night, but a newly discovered mutation causes some to only need 6.25 hours on average and to be more energetic.  (Source: Sun Sentinel)
Forget the caffeine, this genetic mutation may be even better at keeping you up at night

If you have a friend that only sleeps for 5 or 6 hours a night, they may not be unhealthy, they may in fact be a mutant.  Humans, like any other species, are constantly mutating and evolving and one recent genetic change has been the appearance of people who require less sleep.

Scientists have tracked the condition to a mutant copy of the gene DEC2DEC2 controls circadian rhythms and oxygen regulation in mammals.  Mice bred with the abnormal copy of the gene were more active and slept less than their peers which had the typical wild type gene.

The mutation arises from a single swapped base pair.  Much is still unknown.  It is unknown what metabolic pathways the gene breaks or modifies based on the minor change.  What is clear, though is that it decreases the occurrence of the negative health effects typically associated with sleep deprivation, such as mood or metabolic changes.

Also unknown is the long term health effects of the gene.  Sleep researcher Ying-Hui Fu of the University of California, San Francisco who helped discover the gene and coauthored the first paper on it comments, "Finding the mutation is just the first step.  To understand the mechanism is really what’s important for us. We want to understand the how, what and why of sleep — how does it affect our health?"

The mutation reduces the optimal sleep time from 8.5 hours a night to 6.25 hours a night.  It also cuts the tendency to engage in "catch up sleep" after periods of less rest.  The mutation appears to be rather rare, only found in one of 70 families studied.

The two individuals with the unusual adaptation are being studied in hopes of gaining insight into the mutation and potentially developing new drugs.  Describes Mr. Fu, "My fantasy is that as we understand more about how sleep quantitatively affects other health pathways, and we understand more about the mechanism of sleep and how it’s regulated in terms of how much we need, someday we’d be able to modulate it in a safe way. So people could sleep less without it affecting their health."

The new research is reported in the journal Science.


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WOOT! I'm a mutant!
By therealnickdanger on 8/17/2009 9:40:19 AM , Rating: 3
Although I would prefer optic blasts as my primary power, I suppose my reduced sleeping schedule is agreeable. I have to wonder, though, what the long-term ramifications of this mutation is.

"The candle that burns twice as bright, burns half as long, and you burned very, very brightly Roy."




RE: WOOT! I'm a mutant!
By snbdr on 8/17/2009 10:02:33 AM , Rating: 2
I would want the power of instant access to the internet directly in my brain. Google, Bing, Maps and more instantly inside my head.


RE: WOOT! I'm a mutant!
By therealnickdanger on 8/17/2009 10:25:00 AM , Rating: 4
Until you get a virus...


RE: WOOT! I'm a mutant!
By WeaselITB on 8/17/2009 10:36:09 AM , Rating: 3
Brings a whole new meaing to the phrase "Head Cold," doesn't it?


RE: WOOT! I'm a mutant!
By SlipDizzy on 8/17/2009 11:00:45 AM , Rating: 3
I don't think I could handle that much porn.


RE: WOOT! I'm a mutant!
By JazzMang on 8/18/2009 9:20:15 AM , Rating: 2
Hold the Bing.


RE: WOOT! I'm a mutant!
By ggordonliddy on 8/19/2009 7:19:17 PM , Rating: 2
You seriously need to step away from the computer. Quit thinking about your Intertubes for once.


RE: WOOT! I'm a mutant!
By DonkeyRhubarb on 8/22/2009 1:41:07 PM , Rating: 2
I'll splice your interweb!


RE: WOOT! I'm a mutant!
By MrBlastman on 8/17/2009 11:09:29 AM , Rating: 2
You could always switch over to a polyphasic sleep cycle. It does wonders for those who actually do it. It will dramatically reduce the amount of wasted time you spend sleeping. Below is a site that is a neat read about someone who attempted it and the results as he did.

http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/10/polyphasi...


RE: WOOT! I'm a mutant!
By therealnickdanger on 8/17/2009 11:57:04 AM , Rating: 2
SL33P HAX!!1!

That's very interesting stuff! I only wish I could make that integrate with my work schedule.


RE: WOOT! I'm a mutant!
By GaryJohnson on 8/17/2009 1:05:00 PM , Rating: 2
Just nap at work ;)


RE: WOOT! I'm a mutant!
By therealnickdanger on 8/17/2009 1:51:17 PM , Rating: 4
Well, I am a government worker... it's likely no one would be too shocked if I did that. In fact, my union would probably come to my defense claiming that my personal liberties were under attack if they tried to wake me up.


RE: WOOT! I'm a mutant!
By KingstonU on 8/20/2009 1:40:44 PM , Rating: 2
Wow thank you for that article, very interesting.


RE: WOOT! I'm a mutant!
By FITCamaro on 8/18/2009 8:48:51 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah I guess I fall into this category. Of course I typically catch up on sleep one day on the weekend. Otherwise I typically only sleep for about 5-6 hours, even if I try longer I just lay in bed.


RE: WOOT! I'm a mutant!
By FITCamaro on 8/18/2009 9:07:04 AM , Rating: 2
Of course it could just be that I have a job.

And my preferred super power would be to be the Human Torch. I wanna be able to set my d*ck on fire. :)


RE: WOOT! I'm a mutant!
By MaulBall789 on 8/18/2009 4:20:46 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
And my preferred super power would be to be the Human Torch. I wanna be able to set my d*ck on fire. :)


What's stopping you? lol


RE: WOOT! I'm a mutant!
By FITCamaro on 8/18/2009 5:10:13 PM , Rating: 2
The pain it would cause. If I was the Human Torch, it wouldn't hurt.


RE: WOOT! I'm a mutant!
By phattyboombatty on 8/18/2009 7:09:07 PM , Rating: 2
You'd think the permanent disfigurement it would cause would also be a factor.


RE: WOOT! I'm a mutant!
By ggordonliddy on 8/19/2009 7:21:08 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds like you don't get enough exercise. You should be physically exhausted when you get to bed, and not just from whacking off.


RE: WOOT! I'm a mutant!
By Motoman on 8/19/2009 2:40:15 PM , Rating: 2
...totally not worth it once you get someone's thumbs pushed through your eyes though.


I might be one of these.
By Smilin on 8/17/2009 2:38:26 PM , Rating: 2
I *think* I might be one of these people with the mutation.

I generally sleep like sh1t and usually get around 5 hours. I'm tired of course.

Here's the rub though: if I sleep 7-9 hours I feel no more or less rested. I found a long time ago that as long as I'm in bed by 12-1am on a worknight I'll function just fine. Going to bed before that does nothing to improve my "rest". Going to bed after that tends to leave me tired the next day.

This happens whether it's a single night of "good" rest or many nights in a row. The only time 7-9 hours makes me feel rested is when I've gone several nights with far less than 5 hours.

I've been to sleep studies (always fun to sleep with some 80 wires attached to you) and my sleep is otherwise normal.

Soo... I'm either one of these mutants they describe, or I've just gotten sh1t sleep for so many decades that I can't tell the difference between tired and rested anymore.




RE: I might be one of these.
By dark matter on 8/17/2009 3:22:54 PM , Rating: 2
Amen to that brother! Shame your a brother, we could have had mutant x-men style babies!


RE: I might be one of these.
By Smilin on 8/18/2009 12:39:42 PM , Rating: 4
Actually its not a problem.

You are apparently unaware of the extent of my mutations.


RE: I might be one of these.
By dark matter on 8/18/2009 3:24:28 PM , Rating: 2
Fantastic! My number is ....


Andrew Ryan says Evolve Today!
By DotNetGuru on 8/17/2009 4:22:08 PM , Rating: 3
This would be wonderful. Two more hours/day would be like having another whole month every year. Imagine how much more World of Warcraft I could play. Sweet...let's get this gene therapy thing going.




By short jokesia123 on 9/16/2009 5:13:31 AM , Rating: 2
hmm,really good to hear.

http://shortjokes4u.blogspot.com


How rare exactly?
By grandpope on 8/17/2009 3:28:55 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The mutation appears to be rather rare, only found in one of 70 families studied.

So, they found one family that functioned well on 6.25 hours of sleep? wow. I smell a Nobel prize...




RE: How rare exactly?
By adiposity on 8/17/2009 4:31:37 PM , Rating: 2
1 / 70

It's a ratio.

-Dan


It's been confirmed!!!
By goku on 8/20/2009 4:03:22 PM , Rating: 2
I have a neighbor who is in his 70s and he says that his whole life he has been sleeping 4 hours a night and nothing longer.. I was amazed to hear it and now I know for sure that it was something he was born with.




RE: It's been confirmed!!!
By short jokesia123 on 9/16/2009 5:12:00 AM , Rating: 2
its really very strange but possible as god's gift.


Being Awake is not always so Great
By damage75 on 8/18/2009 3:54:56 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately there are some of us who would rather sleep than be awake - probably a good measure of quality of life.

When asleep; the mind can soar. When awake; the pain, danger, sadness, failure, and general misery of life is the order of the day.

How ubiquitous is TGIF - how many would just as soon sleep until that the weekend comes.

I apologize for the negativity. Perhaps a wakeup call that we should use each waking hour "better", rather than just sleeping (or waiting) our way to a better day or old age.




Hmmm
By Zingam on 8/19/2009 11:41:32 AM , Rating: 2
I do wake up after 6 hours on average. I most often go to sleep after 00:00 and wake up between 6:00 and 7:30. It's quite variable but I've noticed for years that most of the time I cannot sleep more than 6 hours a day. And only rarely I do need a catch up sleep \in case I slept less than 5 hours a few days\.

Am I a mutant?




Cognitive abilities ?
By William Gaatjes on 8/20/2009 3:37:44 PM , Rating: 2
What happens to your ability to learn ?
I wonder if individuals with the mutant gene's have better, the same or worse learning capabilities when compared with people with the more common gene. How is the mental state of these individuals ?
There is a lot of research done on the need for sleep and why we sleep.

And as another poster stated, do they burn through there braincells faster ? Do they have a bigger chance of getting alzheimer or parkinson ? I would really like to know if there are more differences then just only being more energenic and needing less sleep.





Sleep deficit
By CZroe on 8/22/2009 2:55:59 AM , Rating: 2
"Catch up sleep" is your body's attempt to make up for its accurate accounting of its sleep deficit. US military testing has shown that the body keeps an accurate accounting of every lost hour for weeks and WILL make up for them if allowed to extra sleep each day. The base period that sleep deficit is determined from is different for every person... some require 6hrs, some, over 9hrs.

They never said that the 6hr guys were mutants though. ;)




Nice,huu
By short jokesia123 on 9/16/2009 5:10:35 AM , Rating: 2
Its really unmatchable,and opens the gate of fantasy.can'nt hold it man!!
http://shortjokes4u.blogspot.com




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