Solving the mystery of sleep

Premier institute aiming to elucidate mechanisms of sleep/wake regulation
and the function of the sleep by conducting basic to translational research

A neuropeptide that regulates behavior: a key to ease excessive fear (published on Nature Communications)

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We aim to solve one of the biggest black boxes of today’s neuroscience

Director Masashi Yanagisawa

Our discovery of the neuropeptide orexin and its prominent role in sleep/wake regulation has generated a highly active research fields in neurobiology of sleep and metabolism. However, the fundamental governing principle for the regulation of sleep pressure, e.g., (1)the question of what the neural substrate for “sleepiness” is, (2) We have to sleepy remains a mystery. We focus on sleep neurobiology, and aim to solve one of the biggest mysteries in today’s neuroscience.

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[consultation(sleepy mouse)]Q&A:about sleep

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Why do we dream?

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The function of dreaming is still not well underst...

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Are there short sleepers?

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Short sleepers are quite rare, much rarer than peo...

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What is narcolepsy?

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Narcolepsy is also known as the “dozing-off diseas...

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What sort of social majors have been taken for sleep improvement?

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As an example, Professor Mitsuo Hayashi of Hiroshi...

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IIIS Blog

2017.12.20

「仮説通りにいかなかったときが一番面白い」睡眠とモチベーションの関係の謎を解き明かす IIIS助教・大石陽さんインタビュー

やる気がないときには眠くなるのに、何かに夢中になるとそれまでの眠気が嘘だったかのように目がさえます。 皆さんもそんな経験をしたことはないでしょうか? この睡眠覚醒の状態というのは、モチベーションによ...

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