You know you’re not supposed to do this – but you do.
The science of sleep and the economics of sleeplessness.
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Only about one quarter Australians report getting eight or more hours of sleep. And in pre-industrial times, it was seen as normal to wake for a few hours in the middle of the night and chat or work.
How much sleep we need depends on us as individuals and varies by age.
Five out of five experts agreed not everyone needs eight hours of sleep.
A good night’s sleep comes down to a comfy place to rest your head.
Researchers tracked adolescents' sleep and scanned their brains. As expected, better sleep went with healthy brain development. Unexpected was the importance of one aspect of where teens slept.
Getting a good dose of nature can boost your mental health.
Beyond medication and psychological treatments, there are steps all of us can take to alleviate stress, improve our mood and take care of our mental health. Here are five to get you started.
A dietician recommends her top foods for a peaceful sleep.
Changing to daylight saving time can impact our mood, our risk of heart attack and how much exercise we get.
Daylight saving time begins this weekend, which means many of us will get an hour less sleep. But the health effects go beyond sleep – and can last two weeks or more. Here's what the research says.
Waking an hour earlier on Monday won’t make you much more dangerous.
Overseas research says putting the clock forward hurts the financial markets. But not in Australia, according to a real-world study along the Queensland-NSW border.
Ouch! Never again…
From black coffee to a hair of the dog – here's the science behind popular hangover remedies.
There are many pharmacological options available for insomnia. But they will mostly make you reliant upon them for sleep.
With so many different types out there, it's hard to know what sleep medications are safe to use. Here's a guide.
If you try to go too long without sleep, your body will just force it upon you.
If we don't get enough sleep, can we catch up later? Experts are divided.
Don’t worry, it’s still OK to have that sleep in or afternoon nap.
The researchers found a link between sleeping for longer than eight hours a night and getting heart disease or dying prematurely. But they didn't show the sleep duration caused these problems.
Millions of Americans are sleep-deprived, but stressing over it won’t help.
Are you sleep deprived? Don't worry. That might make the situation worse. Instead, make some simple adjustments, such as staying off digital devices an hour before bedtime.
Living in a country with more gender equality results in better sleep for both men and women.
While women's sleep is affected by children, men's sleep is affected by work and finance stress. Couples living in more gender equal countries have improved sleep quality.
Sleep paralysis and exploding head syndrome can help explain things that go bump in the night.
Our genes are important when it comes to aptitude for sleeping soundly.
Does our body “switch off” when we sleep?
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The most interesting part of our body that changes during sleep is our brain.
Homeless people are far more likely to suffer sleep deprivation with all its associated problems.
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.
Flies will often sleep on the underside of leaves, to escape from heat and predators.
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Flies need good grip because they often sleep upside down.