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Still Waters

Animals don't actually sleep for the winter

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For people who aren't fans of winter, animals that hibernate seem to have the right idea: It's the equivalent of burying your head under the covers until spring comes—isn't it? Not quite. Read on for more behind the science of hibernation.

What is hibernation?

Despite what you may have heard, bears and other species that hibernate don’t “sleep” during the winter.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/animals-hibernation-science-nature-biology-sleep/

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RoofGardener

I would love to have read the article, but the National Geographic website plonked a large animated fixed-position advert next to the article, and it was intolerably distracting.So I left the website, and now I'll never know :(

 

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Matt221

So hare and his mates done all this for nothing lol ...... still the best the best john lewis ad ever

 

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WoIverine

Very interesting, especially this:

"This is very different from sleep, which is gentle resting state where unconscious functions are still performed. In fact, Blanco’s research has found that hibernators have to undergo periodic arousals so they can catch some Zs!"

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