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June 25, 2020 - Phys.org

Noisy humans make birds sleep with one eye open—but lockdown offered a reprieve

Noisy humans make birds sleep with one eye open—but lockdown offered a reprieve
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Getting a good night's sleep is crucial for your well-being, as any new parent will tell you. Chronic sleep loss can have a range of effects on the body, from impaired memory to an increased risk of heart attack. But it's not just humans that need regular sleep. Most animals, from insects to primates, undergo a state of reduced awareness at some point in their day that we can think of as sleep.

Why animals need to sleep is still not fully understood, but scientists think it has to do with conserving energy, repairing and maintaining the central nervous system, and regulating the connections between nerve cells to ensure they can process information more effectively.

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