Saturday, 25 June 2016

Bees learn while they sleep

For all our obvious differences, humans and honeybees share some common threads within the fabric of life. Similar to our circadian rhythm, honeybees sleep between five and eight hours a day. And, in the case of forager bees, this occurs in day-night cycles, with more rest at night when darkness prevents their excursions for pollen and nectar. But, given that a hive's primary purpose is productivity and yield, why should a large portion of the population seemingly waste up to a third of the day resting? What are the benefits of sleep?
“The proof seems to align with this concept that sleep is shared throughout all animals,” says Barrett Klein, a sleep biologist from the College of Wisconsin Wisconsin–La Crosse. “There isn’t any universally-accepted exception.”

The astrology behind how the lovable little critter that has given us the expression “as busy as a bee” is also conveying to us the importance of sleep is quite interesting. As readers may be aware Mars, the planet we link with activity, is stationing to go direct on June 29 at [23sc03] conjunct the star gamma Musca [24sc] in the constellation Musca, originally known as Apis, the bee! A chart for the station at La Crosse, Wisconsin where the lead author of the research is based has the current Saturn-Neptune square straddling the horizon axis.

Saturn represents discipline, hard work, labour and commitment [1].Neptune rules sleep, dreams, imagination, and the deep layers of the individual and collective subconscious [2]. When they aspect each other as they do now, there is a need to understand the balance between work and rest.

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