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Go Ahead, Hit the Snooze Button

Weary Workers Learn to Count Sheep Using Special Lighting, Office Nap Pods<p>By<p>Lauren Weber<p>Turns out a good night's rest is good for business.<p>One-third of American workers aren't sleeping enough to function at peak levels, and that chronic exhaustion is costing billions of dollars in lost …

The Sleepless Elite

Why Some People Can Run on Little Sleep and Get So Much Done<p>For a small group of people—perhaps just 1% to 3% of the population—sleep is a waste of time.<p>Natural "short sleepers," as they're officially known, are night owls and early birds simultaneously. They typically turn in well after midnight, …

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Fears Can Be Reduced During Sleep, New Research Shows

First, it was shown that it's possible for us to learn new information as we sleep. And now, a new study shows it's also possible to <i>conquer our fears</i> as we snooze.<p>The study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, suggests that <i>nighttime</i> treatment of phobias could be a good addition to daytime …

Here's What Would Happen If You Stopped Sleeping

If you are feeling a little tired this Monday morning, imagine how you would feel after days of not sleeping.<p>Laughing Squid directed us toward a video from ASAPScience that took a stab at trying to understand sleep. The video is embedded below. The reality is we don't know enough about sleep to …

What If You Stopped Sleeping? New Video Explains Health Effects Of Prolonged Sleeplessness

Doctors will tell you that not getting the recommended six to eight hours of shut-eye each night is not good for you, but what would happen if you stopped sleeping completely?<p>A new video from the popular YouTube series AsapSCIENCE answers that question -- starting with how your body would respond …

Do all animals need sleep?

It might seem natural, but as Maddie Moate from Earth Unplugged explains scientists still don’t know whether every species needs a snooze – especially as it is difficult explaining what sleep actually is.<p>For something that takes up a third of our life, we actually know very little about why we need …

Sleeping Too Little Or Too Much May Be Bad For Your Health

Under- <i>and</i> over-sleeping are both linked with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity, according to a new study.<p>The research, published in the journal SLEEP, shows an association between sleeping six hours or fewer <i>or</i> 10 hours or more a night with an increased …

3 Bad Sleep Habits You Need to Break

Writer and editor<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur focused on how to grow your business, taking the time to develop a sleep routine is probably the last thing on your mind. But some sleep advice simply can't be ignored without paying the price in …

Should You Use The SNOOZE Button?

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Study: Listening to Certain Sounds Seems to Improve Sleep

Participants played "pink noise" that was synchronized to their brain rhythms slept more deeply and had increased memory retention.<p>Fey Illyas/Flickr<p><b>PROBLEM:</b> Out at the fringes of sleep research, small studies have shown that applying a "gentle electric current" can ease the brain into deep sleep, …

When You Can't Sleep, How Good Is Lying in Bed With Your Eyes Closed?

The key differences between sleep and "quiet wakefulness"<p>Reddit is a great forum for raising scientific questions, but the fact that it's discussion-based makes it difficult to know when a debate has settled on the best answer, objectively speaking. Exhibit A concerns the value of lying down with …

What Actually Happens While You Sleep and How It Affects Your Every Waking Moment

The Ancient Greeks believed that one fell asleep when the brain filled with blood and awakened once it drained back out. Nineteenth-century philosophers contended that sleep happened when the brain was emptied of ambitions and stimulating thoughts. <i>“If sleep doesn’t serve an absolutely vital</i> …

The myth of the eight-hour sleep

<b>We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night - but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural.</b><p>In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people …

Sleep is More Important than Food

Let’s cut to the chase.<p>Say you decide to go on a fast, and so you effectively starve yourself for a week. At the end of seven days, how would you be feeling? You’d probably be hungry, perhaps a little weak, and almost certainly somewhat thinner. But basically you’d be fine.<p>Now let’s say you deprive …

Sleep Might Help Deepen Traumatic Memories - Sleep Center

<b>WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2012 (HealthDay News) —</b> Your emotional response to a disturbing image or traumatic event is weaker if you remain awake afterward, …

Teddy bear helps Breeze the orphaned foal to sleep, heal

In stressful chapters of life, it can be hard to get a good night’s sleep — whether you’re a human, or a newborn foal.<p>The horse lovers at The Mare and Foal Sanctuary in southwest England know this. That’s why they appealed to nearby residents for donations of extra-large stuffed animals to help an …

7 Convincing Reasons To Get A Good Night's Sleep

<i>By Jena Pincott</i><p>About one in three of us sleeps less than six hours a night -- and feels groggy, cranky and unfocused the next day. If reversing that isn’t reason enough to get your National Sleep Foundation–recommended seven to nine hours, here are seven more benefits.

How Electric Light Is Harming Our Normal Sleep Cycles

Electric lighting is a major culprit in our chronic state of sleep deprivation, according to a new perspective published in the journal Nature.<p>Dr. Charles A. Czeisler, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School, makes the case that electric lighting can seriously affect …

Not Getting Consistent, Adequate Sleep Is Still Really Bad For You

<i>And now a team of researchers find that "social jet lag" may also be linked with higher obesity rates.</i><p><i>When</i> you sleep, as opposed to how much you sleep, may be the real key.<p>The authors of the new report looked at data over a 10-year period, and chronicled participants' sleep schedules and certain …

Spooked Sleeping? Identifying Nightmares And Their Causes

<i>By Laura McMullen for U.S. News</i><p>You wake up, panting, from a deep sleep. You went to work naked. You fell into a bottomless pit. You got swept into a tornado, and then fought off a wicked witch and flying monkeys in an unfruitful trek to Oz. If any of this sounds familiar, join the club. Research …