Russell Foster, a circadian neuroscientist visiting Perth for the Science on the Swan conference, said one of the greatest success stories in the past 20 years had been the understanding of how the biological clock used the 24 hour pattern of light and dark to align our biological systems, reports The West Australian.

“So much of daytime functioning is dependent upon what’s going on in the brain and the body during sleep,” Russell Foster, director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute at Oxford University, explained.

“What we are finding is if you don’t get sufficient sleep there are both short term and long term consequences.”

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