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Sleep Science

This College Football Team Is Taking Their Sleep Game To A New Level

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 08.20.2015 | Healthy Living

The key to a successful summer training camp has nothing to do with the football field. At least that's the operating principle for the Univ...

This Is Your Brain On Sleep

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 08.17.2015 | Healthy Living

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'Sleeping On It' Really Does Help You Solve Your Problems

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 08.06.2015 | Healthy Living

If you're struggling to solve a particularly difficult problem in your waking hours, it might be time to take a break and snooze instead. A recent st...

Sleep Protects Our Memories In More Ways Than One

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 07.30.2015 | Healthy Living

A solid night's sleep is known to protect your memories from bouts of forgetfulness -- and now we know it's making them more accessible, too. New&nbs...

What Science Now Knows About Every Dream State

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

Scientists are beginning to grasp the various styles of dream narratives. More specifically, psychiatrists at University of Montreal are trying to untangle the qualitative differences between the three categories of dream-states.

Insomniacs May Actually Be Sleeping, They Just Don't Know It

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

According to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine's Daniel J. Buysse, PET scans of insomniacs and "normal sleepers" reveal marked differences. The "default mode network" in the former's brains are more active during sleep.

The Work We Do While We Sleep

The Atlantic | Maria Konnikova | Posted 08.01.2015 | World

It’s strange, when you think about it, that we spend close to a third of our lives asleep. Why do we do it? While we’re sleeping, we’re vulnerab...

My Q and A With Sleep Expert Mathias Basner on the Science of Sleep

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Arianna Huffington

Mathias Basner is an assistant professor of sleep and chronobiology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine, and the deputy editor of the journal SLEEP. In answer to my questions, he shared his insights on the effects of sleep deprivation, the relationship between work and sleep, and the small steps anyone can take to improve their sleep immediately.

Short on Sleep? Eat More Spinach and Peanut Butter to Improve Your Memory

Van Winkle's | Posted 06.30.2015 | Women
Van Winkle's

Women who are short on sleep may perform better the next day if they eat more peanut butter and spinach, according to a University of Pennsylvania study that shows Vitamin E and antioxidants can improve spatial memory in the sleep-deprived.

Does Your Birthday Determine Your Bedtime? (Maybe)

Van Winkle's | Posted 06.26.2015 | Science
Van Winkle's

My birthday, August 19, 1986, shortly after six in the morning, makes me a Leo. A rising Leo, at that. Astrologically speaking, I should be a Super L...

What Is Lucid Dreaming, and How Does It Work?

Van Winkle's | Posted 06.25.2015 | Science
Van Winkle's

In its simplest form, a lucid dream is any experience in which you become aware that you're dreaming during the REM stage of your sleep cycle. It may sound far-out, but research proves that lucid dreaming is both real and distinct from typical REM-sleep dreaming.

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.

The Dreams of Little Children: Hellishly Boring, or Scientifically Valuable?

Van Winkle's | Posted 06.23.2015 | Science
Van Winkle's

I don’t go out of my way to hear about other people’s dreams. I don’t find them particularly meaningful, nor meaningfully different...

Get More Sleep, Get More Sex

Van Winkle's | Posted 06.22.2015 | Women
Van Winkle's

When it comes to getting laid, every hour counts. Every hour of sleep, that is.

Poor Sleep Can Harm Your Heart Health, Too

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.19.2015 | Healthy Living

Bad news for those who don't catch enough Z's on a nightly basis: Poor sleep increases the likelihood that you'll suffer a heart attack or stroke. ...

Sleep Could Help Stave Off Alzheimer's, According To New Study

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.02.2015 | Healthy Living

We've long known that people with Alzheimer's disease often experience problems with their sleep. But according to a new study from the University of ...

Your Sleeping Troubles Might Be Causing You Physical Pain

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 08.27.2015 | Healthy Living

Cold showers are rarely fun. But if you suffer from insomnia, they can be downright painful. A new study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Hea...

Taking Sleep Aids Could Potentially Harm Your Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living

In today's "always on," high-stress world, it has become commonplace to turn to over-the-counter sleep aids for a little help with drifting off into d...

Feeling Anxious Or Depressed? Sleep Deprivation May Be To Blame

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living

Feeling emotionally overwhelmed during times of stress and can't figure out why? Your current sleeping habits might offer some helpful insight. Acc...

My Q and A With Patrick Fuller on How Neuroscience Can Unlock Sleep's Mysteries

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.26.2015 | Science
Arianna Huffington

Patrick Fuller is a neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School's esteemed Division of Sleep Medicine. In answer to my questions, he shared his insights on the importance of good sleep hygiene, how our brain's clock is connected to our overall well-being, and the problem with sleeping pills.

What's In An Over-The-Counter Sleep Aid, Anyway?

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 03.23.2015 | Healthy Living

The Question: How do over-the-counter sleep aids like ZzzQuil help me fall asleep? The Answer: These days there is a wide variety of OTC medication...

Why More Sleep Doesn't Always Make You Feel Well-Rested

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living

The question: On several occasions, I've woken up from a "good" night's sleep and still felt surprisingly tired and lethargic. What gives? Why can't I...

5 Ways Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Diet

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 03.03.2015 | Healthy Living

Great power lies in a solid night's sleep. Logging those 7-9 hours of shut-eye daily helps us stay mentally sharp, repair damage done to our bodies du...

What Your Sleep Schedule Says About You

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 12.11.2014 | Science

Whether you're a night owl or a morning person, your sleep habits reveal a lot about you--from your personality to the structure of your brain and eve...