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5 Ways Sleep Deprivation Makes You Bad At Your Job

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.26.2016 | Science

Sleep deprivation is estimated to cost American corporations $63 billion annually in lost productivity, and yet, the idea that we must sacrifice sleep...

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...

While Your Body Is Resting, Your Brain Is Working Faster

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.26.2016 | Science

Scientists have long known that our brains are busy at work while we sleep: creating and consolidating memories, clearing out toxins and processing im...

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...

Why We're More Likely To Make False Confessions If We're Sleep-Deprived

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.11.2016 | Science

On Netflix's blockbuster show"Making A Murderer," shocked audiences watched a teenage boy sentenced to decades in prison for murder on the basis of a ...

Why It's Impossible To Focus When You Haven't Slept

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.25.2016 | Science

We all know how difficult it is to pay attention at work -- or to get anything done, for that matter -- after a night of bad sleep. It should come as...

The Incredible Things Your Brain Does While You're Sleeping

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.21.2016 | Science

Until recently, sleep was something of a mystery to us. Scientists didn't know why we slept -- and they thought that when the body was at rest, the br...

Scientists Now Know How Your Brain Wakes You Up

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.06.2016 | Science

Recent research has made huge strides in demystifying sleep -- why we need it, how to get more of it, and what happens when we don't get enough of it....

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...

How Sleep Resets The Brain's 'Emotional Compass'

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 07.16.2015 | Science

As most of us know all too well, lack of sleep and a bad mood often go hand-in-hand. But a poor night's sleep doesn't just put a damper on your ow...

The Freaky Thing Your Brain Can Do While You're Asleep

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 09.13.2014 | Science

It turns out that our brains do way more when we snooze than was once thought -- and a new study suggests we can even identify and categorize words wh...

Anna Almendrala

The Frightening Connection Between Lack Of Sleep And A Shrinking Brain

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 09.04.2014 | Healthy Living

While all of our brains get smaller as we get older, a startling new study shows that the amount of sleep we get -- or the lack thereof -- could affec...

Sleep Study Looks At Link Between Shut-Eye, Exam Scores

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.22.2014 | Science

Does a good night's sleep really boost your performance the following day? A new study not only suggests that it can but also shows how big a differen...

More Evidence Sleep Deprivation Is Bad For The Brain

Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

Here's more evidence that sleep deprivation does not do good things to your brain. A small new study in the journal SLEEP shows that one night of ...

What's Happening In A Sleeping Child's Brain

Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living

Here's a good reason to make sure your child gets adequate sleep each night. A new study in the journal Brain Sciences shows that connections are ...

Jacqueline Howard

WATCH: How To Make Sense Of Dreaming

HuffingtonPost.com | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.04.2014 | Science

Dreaming is part of every good night's sleep -- but why do we dream? And how do we dream? Recent research reveals that our dreams are our mind at work...

Researchers Present Striking New Hypothesis On Why We Sleep (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living

We spend nearly a third of our lives sleeping, yet the reasons why we need to are still poorly understood. What we do know is that the brain is highly...

What Really Goes On In A Sleeping Teen's Brain

Posted 03.21.2013 | Healthy Living

A new sleep study reveals the multitude of changes the brain undergoes during adolescence. The study, published in the American Journal of Physiol...

A Better Understanding Of The Sleeping Brain

Posted 10.10.2012 | Healthy Living

A new study is shedding more light on the relationship between sleep and memory. The entorhinal cortex, which connects the neocortex brain region ...

Sleep Problems May Contribute To Cognitive Decline

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

A group of studies, all conducted independently, have reached a similar sobering conclusion: Sleep problems -- including several common sleep difficulties faced by millions of people on a regular basis -- may, over time, lead to cognitive impairment and even dementia.

Too Much, Too Little Sleep Linked With Alzheimer's Risk

Posted 07.17.2012 | Healthy Living

Getting too little -- or too much -- sleep could be bad for the aging brain, according to new studies presented at the Alzheimer's Association Interna...

Sleep May Protect Positive Memories

The Huffington Post | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 04.09.2012 | Healthy Living

A new study sheds more light on the relationship between sleep and memory preservation, and shows that sleep may actually help to protect our positive...

Your Brain On Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 04.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

There's still a great deal of information about the effects of sleep on the brain that we don't yet understand, so any research that sheds light on this subject is exciting and potentially important.

Sleep Your Brain Younger

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 08.22.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Sleep is sort of like Goldilocks -- you don't want too little, and you don't want too much. What number is just right?