Emerging research is confirming the importance of sleep, and how destructive a lack in duration or quality of sleep can be to the health and wellbeing of individuals and even society at large. Kakuichi Institute is making efforts to help improve sleep through our work with earthing technology, and we are in the process of testing new technologies that may further assist in the improvement of sleep and wellbeing.

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  • REM sleep selectively prunes and maintains new synapses in development and learning, Peking University (Sep 2016)

    REM sleep has multifaceted functions in brain development, learning and memory consolidation by selectively eliminating and maintaining newly formed synapses.

  • Sleep Drives Metabolite Clearance from the Adult Brain, University of Rochester (Sep 2016)

    Metabolic waste products of neural activity were cleared out of the sleeping brain at a faster rate than during the awake state... The restorative function of sleep may be a consequence of the enhanced removal of potentially neurotoxic waste products that accumulate in the awake central nervous system.

  • Manipulating circadian clock neuron firing rate resets molecular circadian rhythms and behavior, Vanderbilt University (Nov 2014)

    People who had most of their daily exposure to even moderately bright light in the morning had a significantly lower body mass index (BMI) than those who had most of their light exposure later in the day.

  • Timing and Intensity of Light Correlate with Body Weight in Adults, Northwestern University (Apr 2014)

    People who had most of their daily exposure to even moderately bright light in the morning had a significantly lower body mass index (BMI) than those who had most of their light exposure later in the day.

  • Happy as a Lark: Morning-Type Younger and Older Adults Are Higher in Positive Affect, University of Toronto (Jun 2012)

    Our results demonstrate that morningness is associated with higher positive affect among both younger and older adults. Morningness was also associated with better subjective health.

  • Human relational memory requires time and sleep, Columbia University (May 2007)

    Relational memory, the flexible ability to generalize across existing stores of information, is a fundamental property of human cognition. Little is known, however, about how and when this inferential knowledge emerges.

    These findings demonstrate that human relational memory develops during offline time delays. Furthermore, sleep appears to preferentially facilitate this process by enhancing hierarchical memory binding, thereby allowing superior performance for the more distant inferential judgments, a benefit that may operate below the level of conscious awareness.

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