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Mysteries of Sleep

Why do we sleep? And what does sleep have to do with memory, trauma, and our emotions?

About the Show

From fruit flies to whales, virtually every animal sleeps. But why? Why do we need to spend nearly a third of our lives in such a defenseless state? Scientists are peering more deeply into the sleeping brain than ever before, discovering just how powerful sleep can be, playing a role in everything from memory retention and emotional regulation to removing waste from our brains.

Curriculum

Research Reveals Ancestors Likely Slept Less, Not More

For Grades 6-12

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For Grades 6-12