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Sleep Science

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...

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.

Waking, Dreaming, Being

Evan Thompson | Posted 11.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Evan Thompson

Dreaming and waking up have puzzled and fascinated humanity since prehistoric times. Paleolithic cave paintings, according to some art historians, depict mental images from dreams and the borderland between sleep and wakefulness.

How Your Brain Actually Makes Decisions While You Sleep

The Washington Post | Thomas Andrillon & Sid Kouider | Posted 09.19.2014 | World

The idea that during sleep our minds shut down from the outside world is ancient and one that is still deeply anchored in our view of sleep today, des...

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...

EXPLAINED: How Coffee Just May Make That Power Nap Better

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 09.03.2014 | Science

Tired? Maybe it's time for a "coffee nap." Though it sounds paradoxical, scientific evidence suggests that consuming caffeine just before taking a ...

'Bedtime Procrastination' Researcher Tells How To Beat The Problem

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.13.2014 | Science

Children do it. Adults do it too. But why do we wind up putting off pillow time even when we're dead-tired? Scientists at Utrecht University in the...

Sleep: A Mystery at the Crossroads of Neuroscience (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.15.2014 | Science
Deepak Chopra

Despite five decades of modern neuroscience, we have only a very limited knowledge of the role of sleep and barely know anything about the role of dreams. Common experience tells us to agree with Shakespeare's simple conclusion that sleep "knits up the raveled sleeve of care."

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.

What You Should Know About Sleeping In On Weekends

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.16.2013 | Science

Ah, the weekend. Many of us who work long hours during the week may see the weekend as an opportunity to "catch up" on some rest by sleeping in. But i...

What Untreated Sleep Apnea Means For Your Blood Pressure

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

The more we learn about sleep and sleep disorders, the more we realize that the symptoms of fatigue and sleepiness experienced by those with chronic sleep disruption are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. In fact, poor sleep can exert its effects on nearly all medical conditions.

Why Do Babies Wake Up at Night?

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP | Posted 05.29.2013 | Parents
Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP

Although some superhero babies sleep 10-12 hours straight starting around 3-4 months of age, most infants wake up during the night and cry out for their parents. There are scientific reasons and some developmental and behavioral explanations for these awakenings.

Jordan Schultz

NBA Napping Serves Vital Role In Players' Performance

HuffingtonPost.com | Jordan Schultz | Posted 03.22.2013 | Sports

It is 3:00 p.m. on a chilly February afternoon in Minneapolis and the Utah Jazz are trying to hang on to the final playoff seed in the Western Confere...

Is Sleep The New Gatorade?

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 12.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

I think the sleep revolution is one major endorsement away from exploding into popular culture. The foundation is in place. We just need one athlete to speak out about how he or she considers sleep to be a cornerstone for success.

The Mysterious Science Of Sleep

Dr. David White, M.D. | Posted 09.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. David White, M.D.

While our understanding of sleep science continues to grow, there continues to be a strong consensus on the need for a good night's rest.

What Happens In Your Brain When You Don't Sleep

Forbes | Posted 04.26.2012 | Healthy Living

We intuitively know that sleep is important, and a great deal of research on the health effects of sleeplessness backs up this belief. But what exact...

Teen Sleep Problems: Could Texting And E-Mailing Be To Blame?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

As if we really needed anything else affecting a teen's mood and sleep, recent research shows that Internet use and texting can have a serious, detrimental effect on both sleep and mood.

Our Brains Make Us Light Or Heavy Sleepers

TIME | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

It turns out that some people's brains are better than others' at blocking the constant incoming flow of environmental stimuli during sleep....

Sleep: Memory, Technology And The Future

Richard Laermer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Richard Laermer

Despite the initial promise of sleep learning, the general consensus in the scientific community is that such research is outdated. However, the same collective seems to be taking another look at sleep now.

Losing Sleep Could Set Kids Back By Years

New York Magazine | Po Bronson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Morgan is a 10-year-old fifth-grader in Roxbury, New Jersey. She's fair-skinned, petite, with freckles across her nose and wavy, light-brown hair. Her...