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Can You Die From Sleep-Deprivation?

The short answer? Yes, total sleep deprivation can almost certainly kill you. What’s less clear is how it does it.


Why Are You Always Staying Up Past Your Bedtime?

The consequences of not getting enough sleep are evident to all of us — and yet we’re constantly staying up later than what our internal biological clocks are telling us. A new study shows the elusive nature of what’s to blame.


94 Minutes On Dagobah Is Basically A Relaxation Tape For Star Wars Nerds

Video: Some days can leave you feeling like you don’t want to live on this planet any more. For one hour and 34 blissful minutes you can move to the marshy forests of Dagobah, and leave your earthly problems behind you.


Can You Condition Your Body To Require Less Sleep?

One way to have more time for work and play every day is to sleep a little bit less. But eventually, staying awake for longer periods can have a negative impact on the quality of our lives. So where does the break-even point lie, and can it be shifted?


Why We Sleep So Poorly In Unfamiliar Places

Many of us have trouble sleeping in an unfamiliar place, like a hotel, or a friend’s house for the first time. When we finally do get to sleep, it’s often fidgety and disturbed. New research shows that one hemisphere of our brain stays more active during the first night of sleep — and it does so to keep us ready for trouble.


Awesome Animation Imagines The Nightmare That's Happening Around You When You Sleep

Video: The scariest place to be when you’re a kid? Alone, at night, in your bed, right before you sleep. You just know right when you close your eyes, all the stuff of nightmares is going to come alive and scare any chance of sleep out of you. And it’s probably all true! Who knows what’s going on around you when you sleep. Andy Kennedy played on that fear by showing sleep disturbances from outside and within in his animated short Slow Wave.


How To Set Android Volume Buttons To Snooze And Dismiss Alarms

In the midst of your early morning stupor, it can be difficult to drag your mind out of sleeping and accurately operate your phone (see our previous tips). If you’re reaching out for your Android phone in the dark and with bleary eyes, then you can use the physical hardware buttons instead.


How Many Nights Of Mediocre Sleep Are The Same As No Sleep At All?

Scientists deprived a group of study participants of different amounts of sleep. Some got a full night’s sleep, others got their hours of sleep cut down and some got no sleep whatsoever. After a while, the slightly-deprived people were as bad offas the people who had gotten no sleep. The difference was, they didn’t know it.


How Your Genes Influence Whether You're A Morning Person

A DNA analysis of nearly 90,000 23andme customers suggests our preference for early mornings may be rooted in our genes. The study also suggests that night owls are at greater risk of depression and other health issues. But those findings come with a couple of caveats.


The Deadly Reality Of Living With Sleep Apnea

“You need to get out,” she said. I could tell she was serious.

I always had a bit of a snoring problem, but in the five years we had been married, my wife had come to a breaking point. It was just too much. Not only was I snoring loudly enough to keep her awake, (she’s convinced the volume could have attracted extra-terrestrial intelligence), but I was – apparently – periodically gasping for air. Loudly. Desperately.

That isn’t normal.


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