How Genetics Impact Our Sleep

Sleep is something all humans need, and yet, so much about it remains a mystery. Scientists have established the basics—that there are multiple sleep stages, and that one stage, REM sleep, is associated with learning and storing memories. However, the exact mechanisms behind sleep and dreaming are still unclear. Research suggests that behavioral sleep habits …

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Everything That Happens To Your Body While You Sleep

everything your body should know about sleep revealed

When falling asleep at night, it might feel like your brain and body are “shutting down” or switching off for a few hours. In fact, a variety of complicated things happen in your body when you’re asleep — both obvious and not-so-obvious. Yes, you’re dreaming (which you may or may not remember) and snoring lightly …

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These 7 Sleep Myths Are Doing More Harm Than Good

How much do you really know about sleep? There are a number of popular myths and misunderstandings about sleep that you’ve likely heard. For example, that alcohol helps you sleep, or that insomnia is exclusively characterized by trouble falling asleep at night, or that you can catch up on sleep during the weekend if you …

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What Would Happen If You Didn’t Sleep?

What Would Happen If You Didn't Sleep

What happens if you don’t sleep? More precisely, what happens to our minds and our bodies when we decide not to sleep? Our research tells us that it’s far from healthy to deny our bodies much-needed sleep. We’ve created a sleep deprivation timeline based on scientific studies and personal accounts of those who pushed the limits …

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The Complete Guide to Your Sleep Cycle

Going to bed each night might be the most relaxing part of the day. But while someone sleeps, their body and brain continue to work hard — the brain isn’t “switched off” by any means. When someone is asleep, they move through different stages of sleep to complete a full sleep cycle, which lasts around 90 …

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Sleep Survival Across America

A map of the United States.

Feeling tired? Worn down?  Welcome to the club – an increasing number of Americans are getting less sleep than they need each night. The impact of poor sleep can impact our personal health and increase the chances of safety issues across all 50 states. Let’s take a look at why Americans are so tired and …

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Is Yawning Really Contagious?

Yawning woman

Have you ever “caught” a yawn from someone else? The other person opens their mouth for a great big yawn, and suddenly, you find yourself doing the same — almost as if you have no control over it. This happens so frequently that most people accept the idea that yawns are contagious. And there may …

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The Benefits Of Getting More Sleep

Benefits Of Sleep

Here’s a tidbit for you: We spend almost one-third of our lives sleeping. This is a huge chunk of our lives, and it is a time when our body can rest, recharge, and recover. It is recommended that adults get between seven and eight hours per night. However, many people get less than six hours …

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Do The Moon’s Cycles Actually Influence Your Sleep?

Graphic of moon cycles

Many myths and legends suggest the phase of the moon can affect behaviors. Folklore about werewolves even suggests it can have transformative powers. Though we may not change species according to the moon cycles, there is research to suggest they do affect us. This poses the question: Do lunar cycles affect how you sleep? To …

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Does Counting Sheep Really Help Put You To Sleep?

If you’ve ever had trouble falling asleep at night, chances are that someone has told you to try counting sheep. The theory goes that visualizing sheep jumping over a fence one by one can help you get to sleep faster (maybe because it’s so monotonous that you bore yourself to sleep). Historians aren’t exactly sure …

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