Monday, September 25, 2006
From the Washington Post's 'Science Notebook' (2nd item, scroll down the page): Ever feel the need to get a couple of extra hours of sleep after a large family gathering? A contentious faculty meeting? A long evening in a singles bar?
Fruit flies know how you feel.
A study last week in the journal Science found that Drosophila fruit flies needed more sleep after spending time around a lot of other flies or learning something that produced a long-term memory...
...The reason for sleep isn't fully known, but there is some evidence it helps consolidate learning and memory in the brain. [Melanogaster, Evolution, Fly, Social]
Continued at "Social Flies Shed Light on Sleep"
Based on "Waking Experience Affects Sleep Need in Drosophila" (Abstract)