Illness and Sleep

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Ever wonder why when suffering from an illness, drowsiness it is often accompanied by fatigue? An immunologist at the University Hospital of Zurich in Switzerland by the name of Thomas Birchler and his team have "tracked down how the chemical responsible for such drowsiness works."

culprit is a small protein called tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), named for its anti-tumour properties...Mice given TNF-alpha were also less active and spent less time on their running wheels or walking around their cages — as if they were tired...This is the beginning of connecting it with genes involved in circadian rhythms."

Those of us will chronic illness know all too well how tiring a daily battle can be. This discovery is a small part of the puzzle to understand how the circadian rhythm works. The circadian rhythm regulates our internal clock. It is also involved in cluster headaches. This is likely why cluster attacks usually come at the same time every day during a cycle. I hope this will be another piece in puzzle towards a way to fight cluster headaches.

How Sickness Makes us Sleep


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Nice Job V,
And congrats on the award.


By Blogger mushroom_man, at 22 July 2007 at 10:19  

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