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Sleepiness Could Be in Our Genes

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#1 janey


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Posted 12 November 2010 - 11:16 AM

Sleepiness Could Be in Our Genes.

The researchers found that after several nights of restricted sleep, healthy adults who carried a particular gene variant called DQB1*0602 were sleepier and more fatigued during the day, and had more fragmented sleep, than non-carriers.Medical News Today. 10/27/10. (Also see: Sleep Disorders)

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:05 AM

Thanks for this article, Janey!

I happen to know (and have known for a few years now) that I have this HLA DQB1*0602 gene. I also have a long history (decades) of insomnia and sleep issues, and daytime sleepiness and fatigue. But, I thought this gene was only related to narcolepsy (in matters of sleep). So this is an eye-opening study, as far as I'm personally concerned.

One of my grandfathers also had narcolepsy. He'd fall asleep at the drop of the hat, in the middle of anything. I don't do that, but I am often so tired that I feel as though I'm in a haze or a fog or partially sleeping; it's a hard feeling to describe. Anyway, naps help, but they don't always refresh, either. That is the catch-22 of fatigue! You'd certainly think sleep would help, in fact, you may not even be fit to be doing anything requiring any sort of mental or physical alertness, yet it is possible for some of us to nap and still not be able to make a dent in fatigue, or even in the need for more sleep.

Our Sclero Forums *0602 Sleep Club will meet at 3AM every day, although sleeping, napping, or severe fatigue is always an acceptable excuse to miss the Club Meeting!
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