As many as 70 million Americans may not be getting enough sleep. Men get fewer hours of sleep than women.
Few things seem to matter to our health as much as a good night’s sleep, but fewer and fewer of Americans are getting it. A neurologist explains why sleep is so important.
A New York engineer is wheeled away in December 2013, after a train he was driving crashed. Lack of sleep could have been a factor.
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Most Americans dread the time switch to daylight saving time, which results in a loss of an hour's sleep. The downside is more serious than that – it can lead to workplace injuries and traffic fatalities.
Sleep is the time for our brain to reboot.
Although it may appear you're “switching off” when you fall asleep, the brain is far from inactive.
Staying alert and safe on the night shift not only affects workers’ health, but the health and safety of the people around them.
Taking a power nap on a night shift can leave you feeling groggy. And eating a large meal can reduce your alertness. So, what's a tired shift worker to do to make it through the night?
Their hormones mean they still need zzz’s even when they’re already supposed to be in homeroom.
Teenagers aren't just lazy. Their sleep hormones aren't calibrated to let them get up and go until later in the morning – which has academic and health consequences when school starts too early.
Asleep, but for how long?
Sleep experts suggest that you may need to balance the science against your own family's needs.
Feeling tired? Not yourself? Here's what's happening inside your head.
The fourth episode of our podcast takes on fuel – from Olympic diets to conflict over oil in the Niger Delta.
Donald Trump pretending to sleep. The Republican candidate says four hours is enough sleep for him.
Sleep is essential for good executive functioning and for good general health. So how do candidates keep up the grueling demands of their schedules?
Most people know sleep is important. But few know a lack of it can put us at greater risk of heart disease and obesity.
Not getting enough quality sleep can have significant implications for health.
What difference will the time of the test make?
Our memory and attention are at their peak only at certain times during the day. Why would the timing of test not affect students' performance?
Innocence puts you at risk in an interrogation room.
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Innocent people do confess to terrible crimes they had nothing to do with. Psychologists are investigating factors that contribute to false confession – including how well-rested a suspect feels.
Not dark enough.
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Is electricity making us sleep less? A new study on sleep in preindustrial societies suggests the answer is no. But it misses a big point: people in preindustrial societies spend more time in darkness than we do.
Orange is the new blue.
I recently wrote about the terrible sleep habits of the characters in House of Cards. I disapproved of Frank Underwood’s late-night computer work in the Oval Office, his new midnight iPad gaming habit…
Light from electronic devices can alter the quality of sleep our quality.
While many of these devices, especially e-readers, seem harmless enough, the light they emit may affect our sleep patterns and leave us feeling tired the next day.
It’s only an hour. What difference could it make?
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Shifting the clocks ahead by an hour can't have that much of an effect on us, right? According to the experts, losing those 60 precious minutes of sleep can really hurt.
Ruler of the free world (but not of his own pineal gland).
If Frank Underwood has trouble sleeping at night, it's not because of his conscience
Time spent checking the clock when you can’t sleep may be feeding your insomnia.
We all have a poor night’s sleep from time to time: those nights when you lie awake for hours trying desperately to go to sleep but can’t stop worrying about tomorrow. Or when you repeatedly wake up throughout…
The best way to keep your hand off the snooze button is to have a regular sleep schedule every day of the week.
It’s 6.30am and after a long holiday break, your alarm clock is insistently telling you it’s time to get out of bed. For many people – me included – the automatic reaction is to hit the snooze button…
Babies can learn to self settle through controlled crying.
Every evening, parents across Australia hope their babies will sleep through the night. Many won’t. That’s where controlled comforting, or controlled crying might help. Contrary to some claims, this is…