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Flies can nap during the day but do the majority of their sleeping at night. In fact the sleeping patterns of flies are remarkably similar to human sleeping habits. (Photo: Pixabay/Janeenga)

Do Flies Sleep?

So many factors surrounding sleep still baffle scientists. Flies who have remarkably similar sleeping patterns to humans are helping to unlock some of these mysteries.


In 1918, Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka commissioned a life-sized sex doll of his former lover, Alma Mahler (widow of composer Gustav Mahler and then-wife of architect Walter Gropius). He dressed it in custom-made clothes and took it with him on trips, to cafés, and to the theater. He destroyed it publicly several years later, claiming it had “cured him of his passions." 

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