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Since melatonin makes you feel sleepy, a delay in melatonin release will make your natural bedtime slightly later. Maybe that’s why you (or your big brother or sister) are up till all hours . . ) On top of that, we already know that during puberty you need more sleep because you’re growing and metabolising. No wonder all these alarms are going off. One of them is a real alarm clock, waking you up each morning! 39 WHAT A HOOT Are you an ‘early bird’ or a ‘night owl’? Some experts think they know why some people feel best in the morning and others are most awake late at night.

Your internal clock is so powerful that even when single cells are removed from your body, they continue working on a 24-hour cycle (more or less). ), they continue to follow this cycle. However, they don’t stay exactly in sync with the world outside. People who are locked away (in what scientists call ‘free-running’ time) usually end up on a sleep-wake cycle slightly longer than 24 hours. It’s not usually a problem. Your internal clock has clever ways of staying synchronised with outside events.

Their brains swap sides during each sleep cycle, so that both hemispheres have a chance to rest. But that’s not because of their eyes, it’s because of their lungs. They are ‘conscious breathers’ and need half of their brain awake enough to swim to the surface for air. When scientists give them drugs that put both sides of their brain to sleep at the same time, they stay underwater and stop breathing. Of all the mammals, dolphins spend the least time in REM sleep. In fact, we’re not sure they dream at all.

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Proceedings by ICM-1900, Paris.

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