Lemurs may answer questions about human sleep

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Studying the sleep patterns of hibernating fat-tailed dwarf lemurs may point to the reason why humans sleep.

Researchers at Duke University studied the lemurs because they are the closest genetic relatives to humans that hibernate. During winter months, the lemurs can drop their heart rate from 120 beats per minute to 6; their body temperature can fluctuate 25 degrees in a day, and will go for days without going into deep sleep. The hope is by studying hibernating mammals, researchers can one day be able to put humans into hibernation-like states.

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