Can't Sleep In A New Place? Your Brain May Be Waiting For Danger
This phenomenon might explain why many travelers lose sleep the first night in a new location.By Leah Becerra, Steven Sparkman | April 21, 2016
Sleeping on the road can be difficult, especially on the first night in a new place. This is something plenty of travelers have experienced, and scientists may have finally learned why.
Researchers at Brown University decided to look into this so-called "first-night effect" in a new study in Current Biology.
It turns out the reason for that first sleepless night is that when you should be in your deepest sleep, your brain's left hemisphere keeps watch instead, ready to wake you up if anything scary happens.