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Sleep is something we all do, and is vital for survival. Good sleep helps with learning, especially in school, and disturbed sleep can lead to a loss of productivity. Lifestyle factors such as excessive media use and our 24/7 society make it difficult to prioritise sleeping, so it’s important for us to understand the benefits.
Scientists in this zone could be studying how the brain regulates sleep and circadian rhythms, why different people need different amounts of sleep, and what happens when people can’t sleep. Or they might be looking at why a lack of sleep might result in increased alcohol consumption, smoking or obesity.