Does listening to certain songs help us slip into the ether?
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Composer Max Richter – with his epic, eight-hour-long piece Sleep – aims to be an auditory sandman.
Sleep problems often occur just before an episode of mental illness.
What your sleep patterns may say about your risk of developing mental illness.
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.
Catch those z’s.
The clocks going back hold the tantalising promise of an extra hour in bed. But the modern attitude towards that champion of indolence, the sloth, shows that sloth is still very much a deadly sin.
Researchers have noted a spike in workplace injuries and road accidents as we set the clocks forward.
How daylight savings time could be harming us.
Imagine being unable to talk or move when faced with an evil intruder.
Sleep paralysis is an enigmatic, terrifying condition in which the mind is awake but the body is asleep. But how much do we actually know about it?
We now have the technology to do track our sleep through the night, but that may be doing more harm than good.
Tracking sleep is now routine in monitoring overall well-being. But are the devices used to do this actually useful, or have we simply found a more sophisticated way to clock watch?
Popular characters such as Sleeping Beauty illustrate our enduring interest in tales of people who sleep continuously or cannot stay awake.
Perhaps because we all need sleep, we have an enduring interest in sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, which causes a constant irrepressible need for sleep.
The activities we do during the day – from having a fight with a partner to using our iPhones at night – also affect our hormone levels and, in turn, our quality of sleep.
Sleep allows many of our hormones to replenish so we have the optimal energy, immunity, appetite and coping ability to face the day’s highs and lows.
Limiting screen time before bedtime is beneficial for sleep.
Screen time – by way of watching television or using computers, mobile phones and other electronic mobile devices – may be having a large and negative impact on children’s sleep.
Loss of sleep leads to lapses in attention.
South Australia is considering a permanent change of time zone. Of the several changes proposed, the main contender is to align the state to Eastern time.
Don’t stay up too late.
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How does one prove that shift work causes breast cancer, as the authors of the new study claim? A cancer epidemiologist explains how scientists weigh evidence to figure out what causes cancer.
Dreams and their purpose have been one of the enduring mysteries of sleep.
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Brain activity during the dreaming phase of sleep is remarkably similar to brain activity when we're awake and processing new visual images, new research shows.
New evidence shows going back to a problem after sleeping gives your brain a chance to process the information it needs to solve it.
Sleep before you speak.
Social biases like racism and sexism can be weakened after a good night's sleep, suggests study.
You can do a lot while you sleep.
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We strengthen memories while we sleep, and researchers have found a way to cue that process to help people better retain information that counters implicit biases.
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…
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When you sleep your brain consolidates memory and encodes experiences. A recent study sought to show how this was happening.
Turn that off.
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Today, most of us get too little light during the day and too much at night for our circadian rhythm to function at its best.
More sleep is not necessarily better for long-term health.
Sleep is vital for good health but more may not always be better for everyone. In fact, a growing body of research shows that it may increase your risk of early mortality.