Do Bacteria Sleep? - Popular Science (written in 2014)

This article talks about behavior in bacteria that at least mimic sleep cycles. It is part of a series of articles, the other two addressing insects and plants.

It describes how sleep cycles might be exploited in bacteria (such as pathogens). Its a short read, let me know what you think!


Circadian rhythms have all sorts of different cues to tie into their outside world.

It has been known for some time that, after travel to another time zone, switching to the new eating schedule is important for getting over jetlag - perhaps more important than getting into the new sleeping schedule.

We’ve only recently learned that it’s not just because of human biology… The bacteria in our guts have a rhythm tied to our eating patterns (and our overnight fast), and they don’t get over jet lag until we adjust when we take our meals.


You put things so elegantly


Thanks. [blush]

My secret is that I edit.

A lot.

You should see the drivel I write on first pass… but you won’t, because I pretty much never hit reply before going through it once or twice.