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Sleep Duration Gene Identified

Researchers recently discovered a gene that regulates the duration of sleep an individual needs. The new findings may explain why some people appear to have an internal alarm clock, and can wake up on their own. It may also explain why some people are light sleepers, able to operate on only a few hours of sleep.

The research was conducted by members of the Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) of Munich ( The gene the team identified is called ABCC9 and has been nicknamed the “Thatcher gene” in honor of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, famous for needing as little as four hours of sleep a night.

How much sleep do you usually get a night? Do you only need a few hours to feel rested or a full eight hours?

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