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Do Not Disturb

Will a whisper wake you? In the August 10 issue of Current Biology, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital linked fluctuations in the brain’s electrical field—marked by brief buzzes of activity, called sleep spindles—to an individual’s ability to sleep through noise. Jeffrey Ellenbogen, an HMS assistant professor of neurology, believes this finding can set the stage for developing techniques to help hospital patients sleep amid monitors with noisy alarms.

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