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As many as 70 million Americans may not be getting enough sleep. Men get fewer hours of sleep than women. Akos Nagy/

Why are we so sleep deprived, and why does it matter?

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. AP Photo/Robert Stolarik

The dark side of daylight saving time

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.
Flies will often sleep on the underside of leaves, to escape from heat and predators. Mai Lam/The Conversation NY-BD-CC

Curious Kids: Where do flies sleep?

Flies need good grip because they often sleep upside down.
We know that lots of animals, maybe all animals, sleep. Cats, dogs, even worms and jellyfish sleep. But we still don’t know exactly why they started sleeping. Marcella Cheng/The Conversation

Curious Kids: Do animals sleep like people? Do snails sleep in their shells?

Pond snails use things like rocks or the side of their aquarium as their bed, attaching themselves while they sleep. This might not seem very relaxing but their shells do hang away from their body.
Cars are often warm and comfortable and we are usually feeling safe and relaxed. Marcella Cheng/The Conversation NY-BD-CC

Curious Kids: Why do we always fall asleep in cars?

You might be trying to catch up on sleep. Sleep scientists say some children need only nine hours of sleep at night, while others need as much as 11 hours. It depends on the person.
At some point, it stopped being all fun and games. lassedesignen/

A grim year for the smartphone: 5 essential reads

With studies from the past year exploring the relationship between smartphone use and mental health, sleep, learning and romance, a more nuanced portrait of the device has emerged.
Research shows that night waking in infancy is associated with behavioural control challenges at three and four years of age. (Shutterstock)

Children and sleep: How much do they really need?

Poor sleep in infants and children has been linked to an array of problems, from aggression to poor school performance to diabetes, obesity and suicide. Our expert reviews the science.
Staying alert and safe on the night shift not only affects workers’ health, but the health and safety of the people around them. from

Power naps and meals don’t always help shift workers make it through the night

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?

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