SRBR 2014: Big Sky, Montana

Conference season continued this month with a week-long trip to the West Coast for the biennial Society for Research on Biological Rhythms meeting which was held in a new location: Big Sky, Montana. Words and pictures cannot describe the serenity and natural beauty of this place. During the many hikes that we took throughout the […]

Daylight Savings is a Public Health Concern. Who is responsible? The circadian system or sleep homeostat?

This isn’t new news. For years, public health officials have forewarned us about the increased risks for car accidents, workplace accidents, and immediate declines in cardiovascular and neurological health following the springing forward. Nearly all of these studies attribute the connection between DST and changes in health risks to an hour of sleep loss because […]

5 Years of Dormivigilia

Five years ago, a few graduate students in the biology department and I decided that we wanted to become better science writers, professionally and publicly. Around the same time, the three of us also happened to co-found a campus group called The Kent State Freethinkers to provide a social and educational outlet for skeptics and atheists […]

Empirical Evidence for West Coast Domination

If you follow sports as closely as I do, you will be excited about some recent findings in my own fields of sleep and chronobiology. This data has been around for at least a decade, but it hasn’t been picked up by media outlets until recently. The bottom line is that West Coast teams of […]

Gender Influences Sleep Amount and Subsequent Physiology

In the most recent issue of Journal of Biological Rhythms, very good friends and colleagues of mine uncovered sex differences in sleep and circadian physiology. I worked in this laboratory as an undergraduate so I can accurately visualize the protocol, instruments, and equipment used to collect this data. The major significance of this study is […]

Promise of Sleep

The Promise of Sleep is a wonderful book by the founder of sleep medicine–Dr. William C. Dement, by the way. This isn’t a post about the book though. This is a post about the promising future of sleep research. In the first issue of the journal Sleep, the Editor-in-Chief,  Dr. David Dinges, undertook a statistical analysis of […]

Best of Dormivigilia in 2013

This year was incredible–scientifically, athletically, and personally. I had a lot of firsts that will, in some cases, likely never be seconds. I got both NIH grants that I first applied for in 2012 and then re-applied for in 2013; an F32 to investigate skeletal muscle regulation of sleep and metabolic processes and a loan […]

How Not to Write an Original Research Paper

Usually when I highlight a recent paper that I have read, I give the researchers the benefit of the doubt and refrain from commenting or criticizing poor organization and data presentation. I don’t like to be “that asshole” because we know that science has plenty of cantankerous and persnickety reviewers and researchers. However, when I […]

Nature and Circadian Entrainment

I always get terrible sleep when I go camping; from insect bites, to animal-related calls, to sleeping on a slightly uneven and rocky surface even with a foam roll, I never seem to get a good night’s rest. The worst feeling is being blasted with the morning sun after it rises. This is amusing to […]

Neury Thursday: Ill-Timed Light, Depression, and Brain Structure and Function

This week’s issue of Journal of Neuroscience featured the work of a laboratory at THE Ohio State University that has pioneered the study of light at night (in rodents) on disease states, ranging from stroke to depression. Their work has even grasped the attention of Stephen Colbert: The Colbert ReportGet More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Video Archive […]

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