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Sleep Research

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

Arianna Huffington | Posted 11.18.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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?

How Sleeping Pills Affect Memory

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

For most people, the best long-term strategy is to develop a strong, sustainable sleep routine that does not rely on prescription sleep medication. There's no question this takes work, but the rewards are worth it. Your sleep, your overall health -- and perhaps your memory -- will be better for it.

The Modern American Family: How Well Are They Sleeping?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The National Sleep Foundation has released its annual Sleep in America Poll. This year, the poll examines sleep in the modern American family. What are the challenges facing families in their pursuit of high-quality, plentiful sleep? What are the strategies that parents are using to help their children sleep, and how well are those strategies working?

Is It Time To Start School Later?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Many parents and school officials will likely have their own schedules and routines affected by any changes. But even small delays in favor of students can have significant effects on the quantity and quality of their nightly rest, their physical and emotional health, and their performance at school during the day.

11 Things We've Learned About Sleep Over The Past Year

The Huffington Post | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living

Here at HuffPost Healthy Living, it's no secret that we're a little obsessed with sleep (we have an entire page dedicated to the latest sleep research...

The Difference Between Bad Dreams And Nightmares

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Bad dreams and nightmares are among the most startling and emotionally potent of remembered dreams. Even a partially remembered disturbing dream can linger in our waking minds. But what do we know about this phenomenon of disturbed dreaming? And what's the difference between a bad dream and a nightmare?

The Most Powerful Weapon In The Fight Against Childhood Obesity?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

We all want our kids to learn healthy eating habits, to be active and to grow and live comfortably at a healthy weight. Yet for too many children, excess weight is a very real health concern. Too much junk food and too little physical activity are frequently-cited culprits in the problem. But what about sleep?

These 5 Places Have Mastered The Art Of Sleep

Posted 02.07.2014 | Healthy Living

Both science and general public opinion are starting to wake up to the importance of sleep in maintaining health, well-being and productivity. We know...

Sleep Science Next: The Extreme Lucid Dream Consciousness

Rayleigh Ping-Ying Chiang, M.D. | Posted 04.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Rayleigh Ping-Ying Chiang, M.D.

Sleep is a complex business. While dreaming, your brain is as active as when you are awake, and the varieties of sleep experience are broad and wondrous. And sleep matters to us. We worry about getting too little, fret about not being able to do it and suffer when it goes wrong.

Sleep Deprivation Raises Diabetes Risk

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

We have a great deal of evidence that establishes this connection between sleep and diabetes. But we don't yet understand well the mechanics behind this connection.

Narcolepsy Drug Shows Promise in Depression Treatment

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

We still have much to learn about how both sleep disorders and depression influence on another. But recent scientific discoveries may have brought us to a turning point, where attention to sleep and treatment for sleep problems will begin to be regarded as part of the core treatment for depressive disorders.

Circadian Timing Could Give West Coast NFL Teams the Edge

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Whether you're a fierce competitor in your fantasy football league or you'd just like to be on the winning end of the couch come game day, here's a tip that could help you pick your team: When making your prediction, consider circadian timing.

Sleep: A Mystery at the Crossroads of Neuroscience (Part 1)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.08.2014 | Science
Deepak Chopra

Even as sleep becomes more critical for all manner of bodily functions, this only highlights the mystery that is sleep. Sleep is certainly a physiological necessity, but neuroscience can hardly improve on Shakespeare's observation after the guilty Macbeth cannot fall asleep.