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10 June 2016

Struggle to fall asleep when you are not home?

Do you struggle to fall asleep when you’re away from home? It’s a common complaint among travellers that their first night in a strange hotel room is spent tossing and turning. Sleep scientists call it the first night effect and it might be the result of the left hemisphere of the brain refusing to switch off properly when it finds itself in unfamiliar surroundings. It’s likely to be an evolutionary hangover in which this part of the brain assumes the role of a ‘night watch’ to alert us to potential danger.

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