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Why Some People Respond to Stress by Falling Asleep

Fight or flight, or sleep<p>Last month, my wife and I found ourselves in a disagreement about whether or not our apartment was clean enough for guests—the type of medium-sized disagreement that likely plagues all close relationships. In the midst of it, there was a lull and, feeling exhausted all of a …

7 Crazy Things That Happen While You Sleep

When you hit the sack tonight, get ready for sex dreams, exploding heads, and more!<p>Getty Images<p>Most nights, if you’re lucky, sleep is a completely unremarkable event. But every so often you may experience bizarre behaviors that can leave you feeling completely confused—and perhaps slightly freaked …

Sleep Deprivation Is Killing You and Your Career

The next time you tell yourself that you’ll sleep when you’re dead, realize that you’re making a decision that can make that day come much sooner. Pushing late into the night is a health and productivity killer.<p>According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, the …

10 Ways Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Body And Mind

A combination of highly demanding jobs, constant stimulation and 24/7 everything has made skipped sleep so common that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now considers it an unrecognized epidemic.<p>But that "unrecognized epidemic" is about more than just feeling tired. It can actually …

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How Long You Sleep May Be In Your Genes

By Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, Contributing Writer<p>Published: 12/04/2014 10:34 AM EST on LiveScience<p>The amount of time people spend sleeping is linked with two regions of their DNA, a new study suggests.<p>In the study, researchers examined data from more than 47,000 people of European ancestry who were …

The No. 1 Way to Get a Good Night's Sleep

<b>When was the last time you had a good night's sleep?</b> And I mean good -- do you wake feeling-refreshed-and-fully-awake good? Or do you hit the snooze button and feel groggy from the moment you get up?<p>The latter used to be me. I would rarely get a full night's rest. At usually 3 or 4 in the morning …

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Poor Quality Sleep Could Lead To Brain Changes And Dementia, Study Finds

It's bad enough being one of the millions of people suffering from sleep-disturbing conditions like emphysema and sleep apnea, waking up tired or having your spouse complain about your loud snoring. Now a new study reveals even scarier effects of not getting enough quality sleep.<p>Findings unveiled …

E-books 'damage sleep and health,' doctors warn

<b>If you curl up under the duvet with an e-book for a bedtime read then you are damaging your sleep and maybe your health, US doctors have warned.</b><p>A team from Harvard Medical School compared reading paper books and light-emitting e-readers before sleep.<p>They found it took longer to nod off with a …

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Reading On A Screen Before Bed Might Be Killing You

You've heard that using screens before bedtime can mess with your sleep, but new research suggests the problem is even more serious.<p>Reading from an iPad before bed not only makes it harder to fall asleep, but also impacts how sleepy and alert you are the next day, according to new research from …

9 Things You Never Knew About Dreaming

<b>Dreams Can Help You Learn</b><br>Up to 86 percent of what happens in your dreams has its roots in that day’s events—be they mundane or life-altering, says Arnulf. So if you happen to sit through a lecture or course, that night’s dreams could give you the opportunity to study up. In fact, in one Harvard …

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5 Ways to Fight Sleep Deprivation | Inc.com

How many hours of sleep did you get last night? If it was less than seven, then you're among the many Americans who are sleep deprived. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one-third of U.S. workers gets less than six hours of sleep a day, while the recommended …

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One in Seven People Have Been ‘Sleep Drunk’

On a basic level, “confusional arousal disorder,” which is also known as “sleep drunkenness” or “sleep intertia,” is when you wake up really confused and perhaps do things—often inappropriate things—that you don’t remember in about a 15-minute period of time. Defined in the International …

Mental Health

How to Sleep Better: The 3 Ways to Improve Your Sleep

Most people aren't getting enough sleep, plain and simple. But -- and this is the important thing to realize -- we don't recognize that we are sleep deprived.<p>In my comprehensive article on the science of sleep, "The Beginner's Guide to Overcoming Sleep Deprivation," I covered this problem, …

Self-improvement

5 Things No One Tells You About Living With Insomnia

Given how much we know about the importance of getting enough good-quality sleep, facing insomnia without worry and fear can be tough.<p>Insomnia has been linked with a greater likelihood of anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, headache, asthma, heart attack, stroke and more -- but it's not always …

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Take This Quiz To Find Out If You Have A Sleep Disorder

It turns out that I'm either a "long sleeper" (a person who needs to sleep a lot) or an idopathic hypersominiac (a person who never feels rested despite getting a ton of sleep).<p>While most people might not have heard of hypersominia, I belong to a large fraternity of tired people. Roughly 40 million …

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Insomniacs, now you can spray sleep right onto your skin

Mist melatonin on yourself until you slowly drift off to dream of a world filled with spray-on love, money and power, too.<p>What do you do when you've been up half the night getting micro-drunk with that nifty alcohol spray from 2012, but now you really need some shut-eye to be able to function in …

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What's in a Dream?

Not all dreaming is the same. Dreaming runs the gamut of human experience (and sometimes beyond), incorporating a dizzying range of emotions and events, often with elements of the bizarre. Dreams can be funny, frightening, sad and strange. Flying dreams can be euphoric; chasing dreams can be …

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How Much Sleep Do You Really Need? It Might Not Be As Much as You Think. (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Sleep is mysterious thing. It can be evasive and restless, or it can leave us feeling relaxed or energized. All we know for sure is that it’s important, and we get it where we can -- in hours at night or in naps during the day.<p>The big …

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Thoughts keeping you up? 5 ways to settle yourself to sleep

A darting squirrel. That's how one person described the state of her mind when she lies awake in bed.<p>Sleep does not arrive quickly to a darting mind. Nor does it arrive when the mind is actively engaged in other activities such as worrying or problem solving. Sleep is easily overridden by …

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Don't believe the myth — you can't sleep when you're dead

You can't get healthy, lose weight, spend more time with the people you love, or pursue your dreams with a passion.<p>When you're dead, you're dead. What you didn't get done, won't ever get done.<p>It's easy to throw around colloquial phrases as an excuse to do what you want to do right now.<p><b>Just don't</b> …

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23 Incredible Benefits Of Getting More Sleep

If you have a few days off over the holidays, one of the best things you can possibly do with your time is work on fixing your sleep habits.<p>Our sleep problems are so bad that the CDC refers to them as "a public health epidemic."<p>While a tiny percentage of the population does just fine on little …

Wall Street

This Is What's Keeping Teens From Getting Enough Sleep

Up to a third of teens in the U.S. don’t get enough sleep each night, and the loss of shut-eye negatively impacts their grades, mental well-being and …

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Food and Dreams: How Eating Habits Can Impact Sleep and Dreaming

If you want good night's sleep, maybe you should think twice about that big glass of milk before bedtime. Or that bowl of ice cream, or the cold slice of cheese pizza.<p>According to new research by Canadian psychologists Tore Nielsen and Russell Powell, people's eating habits can have disruptive …

7 Health Risks Of Sleeping Too Much

It's a little hard to believe there's such a thing as sleeping <i>too much</i>, since so many of us feel like it's a struggle even to get barely enough.<p>But it's true: You can overdo it on sleep.<p>While it's tough to pinpoint the "just right" amount, most adults need between seven and nine hours a night to …

Why eating late at night may be bad for your brain

That dinner you’ve been putting off until late at night or bowl of ice cream you can’t resist before bedtime could mess with your head.<p>Experts studying our body’s internal clock have discovered eating at the “wrong time” of the day, especially munching when you should normally be sleeping, may …

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Sleeping timelapse: Watch yourself sleep with iPhone 5s and iOS 8.

<i>This video originally appeared on</i> Business Insider.<p>I've always wondered what I actually do when I sleep. Do I move around a lot? Am I in one …

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Why Some Remember Dreams, Others Don't

People who tend to remember their dreams also respond more strongly than others to hearing their name when they're awake, new research …

The Brain

9 Ways To Fall Asleep Faster (Without Counting Sheep)

<i>By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>If you feel wide awake when your head hits the pillow at night, you're not alone. Approximately 60 million Americans report having experienced insomnia in any given year, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Even worse, 40 …

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