How to Answer Sleeping Questions

Monday 1st March 2010

In a modern age where science is beginning to provide the answer to many things; one of the most natural things we do, sleeping, still remains a mystery. The amount of sleep required is still a highly debated topic, the question as to whether sleeping can help rid us of cold and flu still echoes around, but how do we find the answers? Researchers at the Rensselar Polytechnic Institute believe mathematics provides the long awaited answer.

Lead researcher Professor Mark Holmes believes that to find the underlying answer to a life-long mystery one must turn to mathematics. They have developed a revolutionary model that monitors a sleeping persons physical, medical and environmental factors determining how much each of these will affect their sleep. They have based this on mathematical equations from previous sleep research that has analysed the sleep-wake cycle. Sadly the equation isn’t as simple to remember as E=MC2 as this one is a massive 11 equations long, which is why Professor Holmes and his graduate Lisa Rodgers are developing the model so it is easier to use. They hope to produce an easy to use computer that both doctors and biologists will be able to use in their studies. The team also hope that their model will serve as a guideline as to what the ideal amount of sleep is in further research projects.

Scientists praise this latest development as it should help determine how much factors such as jet lag, caffeine and so on are playing a part in someone’s sleep-wake cycle. Holmes also gushes that the model shows how mathematics can be just as crucial in solving medical and scientific problems.


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