- News Home
10 April 2014 11:44 am ,
Vol. 344 ,
The Pyrenean ibex, an impressive mountain goat that lived in the central Pyrenees in Spain, went extinct in 2000. But a...
Tight budgets are forcing NASA to consider turning off one or more planetary science projects that have completed their...
Ebola is not a stranger to West Africa—an outbreak in the 1990s killed chimpanzees and sickened one researcher. But the...
In an as-yet-unpublished report, an international panel of geoscientists has concluded that a pair of deadly...
Tropical disease experts tried and failed before to eradicate yaws, a rare disfiguring disease of poor countries. Now,...
Since 2002, researchers have reported that agricultural communities in the hot and humid Pacific Coast of Central...
Balkan endemic kidney disease surfaced in the 1950s and for decades defied attempts to finger the cause. It occurred...
- 10 April 2014 11:44 am , Vol. 344 , #6180
- About Us
ScienceShot: Insomnia Linked to Punctuality
5 December 2011 5:08 pm
Insomniacs have one thing going for them: They're punctual. New research finds that people who snooze for the shortest, most fitful intervals arrive more promptly for appointments than sounder sleepers. In the study, reported in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Sleep Research, scientists scheduled volunteers for overnight observation at a sleep clinic, noting the time they arrived for their appointments and swiped their insurance cards. Those who showed up earliest also slept the worst. Previous studies have linked insomnia to perfectionism, and because excessive punctuality is a form of perfectionism, the new work supports that link. Whether it's perfectionist traits that cause insomnia—or vice versa—warrants further study, however. The researchers next plan to explore whether psychotherapy aimed at reducing obsessive behavior may help curb insomnia—though patients may start coming late to their appointments.
See more ScienceShots.