It turns out people who sleep well and those who sleep poorly have different kinds of thoughts before bed.
Dreams keep our brains ticking over. They wash the thoughts from the day’s events at a molecular level. They might even help us imagine what’s possible during our waking hours.
REM sleep behavior disorder is characterized by acting out dreams, which may include shouting, kicking and punching during sleep.
By learning what parts of the brain are crucial for imagination to work, neuroscientists can look back over hundreds of millions of years of evolution to figure out when it first emerged.
Even during periods of restricted sleep, people who report good sleep quality are three times less likely to get a respiratory infection.
Why your eyes move during the REM stage of sleep has puzzled scientists for years. Researchers measured mice brains to look for a possible explanation.
Sleep and mental health have a well established relationship.
People – particularly women – take a little longer to fall asleep when they are next to a casual partner or single.
Dreams help us regulate our emotions and adapt to stressful events. Repetitive content may represent an unsuccessful attempt to integrate difficult experiences.
Colour-changing patterns in snoozing octopuses are characteristic of two alternating sleep states.
Why is the coronavirus affecting my sleep and dreams?
Dreams that are more vivid, more frequent and more striking… Lockdown seems to trouble our nights as well as our days, and there’s reason to believe that’s not just a figment of our imagination.
During times of stress and anxiety we either dream more or remember our dreams more often, as a way of coping with challenging circumstances and new information.
Blue light has been getting blamed for sleep interruption and eye strain. But the facts are that any bright light interferes with sleep, and computers themselves cause eye strain, an eye doctor says.
Sleep paralysis – when you wake up but feel like you can’t move – seems to be more common if you sleep on your back. But we don’t know why.
Our body knows how it is moving and where it is because of a sense called proprioception, a ‘sixth sense’ that helps your body know where it is in the world. And it works even while you’re asleep.
You are tired. Would nine more minutes really hurt? Is hitting the snooze button a good idea? Should you just get out of bed? Or is snoozing a sign of a more serious medical issue?
A dietician recommends her top foods for a peaceful sleep.
Sleep paralysis and exploding head syndrome can help explain things that go bump in the night.
Research demonstrates a two-way relationship between sleep problems and sexual problems, as well as between satisfying sex and sound sleep. If you want better sex, you need better sleep.