The professional sports world appears to be continuing to turn more of its attention to what has been a much-overlooked issue: sleep. This time, it's the National Hockey League that is addressing sleep problems on several fronts.
Understanding more about how sleep affects genetic function holds great promise in illuminating these pathways and could open important new avenues for both treatment and prevention of illness and disease.
2012 was bursting with great sleep stories that revealed the power of sleep to enhance our health and well-being. Here are my picks for the sleep stories of 2012 -- along with suggestions for ways you can bring the benefits of the latest in sleep science to your everyday life.