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Science of Sleep

Brain Study May Shed Light On How We Fall Asleep And Wake Up

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.19.2016 | Science

When we fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning, our brain switches between opposite modes of consciousness -- but scientists know surprisingl...

What's Happening In Your Brain During 'Microsleep'

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.12.2016 | Science

We've all experienced it: You're completely exhausted after pulling an all-nighter, and despite your best efforts to stay awake, your eyelids keep clo...

5 Surprising Ways Your Genes Can Affect Your Sleep

The Huffington Post | Krithika Varagur | Posted 02.29.2016 | Science

How can some people get by on six hours of sleep, while others struggle with anything less than nine? Why does depression often go hand in hand with p...

7 Amazing Things You Probably Didn't Know About REM Sleep

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.18.2016 | Science

The mysterious phase of deep sleep when our most vivid dreams occur has long fascinated scientists and artists. But it wasn't until the 1950s that sle...

We Won't Cure Sleepwalking Because It Doesn't Scare Us Enough

Inverse | Posted 02.05.2016 | Healthy Living

You ever get hauled in for a crime, you better hope you can claim a sleepwalking defense.

8 Fascinating Things We Learned About Sleep In 2015

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.22.2015 | Healthy Living

Arianna Huffington has shared the big idea that she thinks will define 2016 -- and it's probably not what you would expect. "Sleep. That's right, sle...

Scientific American's October Issue Highlights Importance Of Sleep

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.18.2015 | Science

There's been a major resurgence of interest lately in sleep -- a subject that has long proved elusive to scientists -- in both the medical world and t...

3 Things You Can Literally Learn In Your Sleep

Business Insider | Erin Brodwin | Posted 10.23.2014 | World

If someone suggested you play music or light a scented candle while you slept to better remember what you learned earlier in the day, you'd probably l...

How Your Brain Actually Makes Decisions While You Sleep

The Washington Post | Thomas Andrillon & Sid Kouider | Posted 09.19.2014 | World

The idea that during sleep our minds shut down from the outside world is ancient and one that is still deeply anchored in our view of sleep today, des...

WATCH: What Would Happen If You Stopped Sleeping?

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.24.2013 | Science

Doctors will tell you that not getting the recommended six to eight hours of shut-eye each night is not good for you, but what would happen if you sto...

Animal's Odd Sleep Habit Yields Key Insights Into Human Shut-Eye

LiveScience | Laura Poppick | Posted 09.05.2013 | Science

Madagascar's fat-tailed dwarf lemur is the only primate known to hibernate. Now, scientists have found that the primate is also the only animal known ...

The Mysterious Science Of Sleep

Dr. David White, M.D. | Posted 09.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. David White, M.D.

While our understanding of sleep science continues to grow, there continues to be a strong consensus on the need for a good night's rest.

Michel Gondry's Unexpected New Film

The Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 05.16.2012 | Home

Michel Gondry used to have a style that was easy to pigeonhole. His "Science of Sleep," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and past music video c...

The Biggest Sleep Stories of 2011: Part I

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The year that just ended was a big one for sleep, with lots of important, news-making stories related to sleep and sleep disorders. Here are my picks for the biggest sleep stories of 2011, and the most important sleep advice to come from this year's most compelling research into sleep.

Our Brains Make Us Light Or Heavy Sleepers

TIME | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

It turns out that some people's brains are better than others' at blocking the constant incoming flow of environmental stimuli during sleep....

Try Catching a Few ZZZ's to Stop Catching Colds

Anne Dunev | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Dunev

Getting less than seven hours of sleep each night can make you three times more likely to catch a cold. And if you sleep restlessly, that makes you five times more susceptible.

Why Do People Sleepwalk? | Robin Lloyd | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

If you've been recently rescued from sleepwalking, here's a possible reason why you went zombie - lack of sleep. Sleepwalkers should keep a regular b...

Study Zeros In On "Wonder-World Of Sleep"

New York Times | BENEDICT CAREY | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The task looks as simple as a "Sesame Street" exercise. Study pairs of Easter eggs on a computer screen and memorize how the computer has arranged the...

Sleep Concierges And 12 Choices Of Pillow: The Science Of Snoozing At High-End Hotels

The New York Times | Terry Trucco | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Like many hotels these days, from moderate to luxury, the Benjamin is engaged in bed obsession, a trend that is, oddly, relatively recent for an indus...