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Sleep the Single Most Important Determinant in Predicting Longevity

Jackie Stroka | Posted 06.26.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jackie Stroka

The most basic change we can make in redefining Third Metric success in our lives has to do with our relationship to sleep and the sleep environment...

My Q and A With William Dement, a True Sleep Studies Pioneer

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Arianna Huffington

Dr. William C. Dement, a professor at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, is considered the father of sleep medicine. In answer to my questions, he spoke about his early interest in sleep studies, the scientists who inspired him and how the study of sleep has evolved over half a century. Here is a transcript of our conversation.

My Q and A With Roger Ekirch on the Way We Sleep, and How It's Changed Over the Centuries

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Arianna Huffington

Roger Ekirch is a professor of history at Virginia Tech and a leading scholar on segmented sleep -- the idea that for much of history people slept into two separate chunks separated by a waking period. In answer to my questions, he shared his insights on "normal" insomnia, how technological advances have changed the way we sleep, and why in many ways we're living in a golden age of sleep.

Even Light Physical Activity Can Help You Sleep Better At Night

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living

If you want to improve your sleep game, get moving. Exercise has long been associated with healthy sleep. But a new study finds that when it comes...

7 Major Advances In The Science Of Sleep

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 05.25.2015 | Science

It's no secret that here at The Huffington Post, we love sleep -- and for good reason. Sleep has been called the "third pillar" of health, along w...

The ABCs Of Better Sleep

Posted 05.06.2015 | OWN

Whether you can't fall asleep, stay asleep or find time to sleep, we're here to help -- with an alphabet's worth of solutions for a deeper, more refre...

Sleep Is the New Wonder Drug

Lynne Dorner | Posted 06.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Lynne Dorner

It's considered a badge of honor to dedicate hours upon hours at work only to have no energy left to dedicate your time to what's really important. Thankfully, this is beginning to change.

My Q and A With Rakesh Bhattacharjee, an Expert in Children's Sleep Medicine

Arianna Huffington | Posted 04.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Arianna Huffington

Rakesh Bhattacharjee is an assistant professor of pediatrics at The University of Chicago's Divisions of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine. In answer to my questions, he shared his insights on the link between breathing and sleep health, social factors that can affect children's sleep, and the importance of teaching your children healthy sleep habits.

My Q and A With Cheri Mah, Who's Helping Top Athletes Elevate Their Game by Getting More Sleep

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.16.2015 | Sports
Arianna Huffington

Cheri Mah of the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic and Research Laboratory is a highly sought expert in the sports world. In answer to my questions, she shared insights on how athletes at every level can boost performance by getting more sleep, what's behind the recent surge in interest in athletes' sleep habits and how non-athletes can incorporate these lessons into their lives.

My Q and A With Sleep Expert Helene Emsellem, on the Sleep-Focus Connection

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Arianna Huffington

Helene Emsellem is one of our leading experts on how to understand and treat sleep disorders, especially in adolescents. In answer to my questions, she shared her insights on how sleep deprivation affects young people's health, what she's learned in decades of clinical experience, and how sleep is related to diagnoses of ADD and ADHD.

8 Science-Backed Reasons To Get More Sleep

Firas Kittaneh | Posted 03.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Firas Kittaneh

You've likely heard some of these core benefits before, but more recent studies have further explored the value of rest, providing some interesting insights.

What Is A Dream, Exactly?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

For all the study and attention that dreams have received, its rather remarkable how much we don't know about dreaming -- not only about its purpose, but also about the mechanics in the brain that make dreams happen.

From Hypnos to the Heavenly Bed: A Brief History of Sleep

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Arianna Huffington

Though the need for sleep has been a constant throughout human history, how we feel about it has gone through dramatic changes over the years. We're now in the process of renewing our estranged relationship, especially as science, in the last two decades or so, has validated much of the ancient wisdom about the importance of sleep. Now that we have the means to get, relative to most of human history, the most unprecedentedly blissful sleep ever, we should allow ourselves to enjoy it. We live in a time in which we're plugged in and hyperconnected, often from the moment we wake up until the instant we drift off. Let's savor and safeguard sleep, not just for its performance benefits but for the special way it allows us to connect with ourselves. During the daytime technology allows us to travel across distance and space, but during the nighttime our dreams allow us to travel across time, spanning and connecting different parts of ourselves, allowing our senses of intuition and wisdom to flourish.

The Night-Light Color That Can Actually Help Foster Sleep

OWN | Posted 11.12.2014 | OWN

Restless sleepers and sleep-deprived parents know better than anyone the precious commodity known as a good night's sleep. Unfortunately for many of u...

Mind-Body Therapies To Ease Insomnia

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Recent research shows that mind-body practices can be one effective way to treat insomnia and some of its symptoms.

How Sleep Affects Morality

Christopher M. Barnes | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Christopher M. Barnes

If we want people to make carefully-considered moral choices, and if we want them to spot unethical behavior in others, then sleep needs to be a priority.

Anna Almendrala

Yet Another Way Getting Too Little Sleep Affects Your Job Performance

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living

Skipping sleep to fit in a few more hours on the job may actually hurt your work attendance in the long run, according to the first nationally represe...

Rebecca Klein

Pediatricians Officially Want High Schools To Start Later

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents

Studies have shown that it helps, top education officials have recommended it, and now doctors are officially saying the same. On Monday, the Amer...

Anna Almendrala

Why Sleep Deprivation Is A Justice Issue

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living

Sleep deprivation is a serious safety issue and has been implicated in everything from oil spills to plane crashes to nuclear power plant explosions. ...

How Women Sleep Differently Than Men -- And Why It Matters

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 05.02.2014 | Healthy Living

Women take longer to fall asleep. They report feeling more sleepiness. They have an increased risk of insomnia. And they even spend more time in deep ...

Why Teens Need To Start School Later

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gail Gross

What you may not realize is that your child is not lazy at all. In most cases your teen is just not getting enough sleep. Now, schools across America are recognizing this and starting to take action accordingly.

Another Problematic Side Effect Of Poor Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 06.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Sleep and pain exist in a complicated relationship to one another. Pain can interfere with sleep, making it harder to fall asleep and to stay asleep. Poor quality and insufficient sleep contribute to pain in several ways, decreasing tolerance for pain, increasing its intensity and discomfort, and in some cases raising the risk for the development of chronic-pain conditions.

Brain's 'Sleep Switch' Found

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Scientists have identified a protein molecule in the brains of fruit flies that they believe is the "switch" that controls the flies' internal drive to sleep -- and that a similar mechanism likely exists for human sleep as well.

Sleep, Stress Management and Cancer Prevention

Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D.

How often do we realize that adequate sleep is necessary to maintain a strong immune system, to prevent the growth of cancer? Do we actively seek to manage stress in our daily lives so that we will not be harmed by its effects on our bodies and mind?

Could Blue Light Pose Problems And Solutions For Sleep?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

In our pursuit of energy efficiency, we're finding ourselves exposed to greater amounts of blue light than ever before. Blue light appears to be uniquely detrimental to our sleep. But can it also be singularly beneficial during to our waking lives?