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Grandma's insomnia might be a product of evolution

She's actually looking out for you.
Hadza sleeping

The study was carried out among the Hadza people of Tanzania, who sleep in an environment similar to that of early humans: no artificial lights, heat, or air conditioning.

David Samson

If your sleep is getting worse with age, evolution might be to blame.

A study recently published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B found that humans' age-specific sleep patterns may have evolved to protect mixed-age groups from potential danger in the night. And in this scenario, the elderly members of these groups may have drawn the short straw—their restless sleep made them perfect for the night watch.

“Looking at sleep patterns is really relevant not only to

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