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Use Your Smartphone To Improve Your Sleep

Stories of how technology is bad for our health are par for the course, but smartphones — and the apps on them — can be used to make significantly positive changes as well. One of the areas where you’ll find a cornucopia of brilliant apps is in the field of sleep. Here’s a small selection of apps that might help you actually get some.


People In Melbourne Sleep More Than Anyone Else, According To Jawbone

People in Melbourne get the most, those in Tokyo the least. No, get your mind out of the gutter: we’re talking about sleep here, and how much of it the inhabitants of certain cities manage to actually get.


How Much Sleep Do You Need To Feel Normal And Healthy?

Feeling a little groggy this morning? I don’t blame you: Tuesdays are tough. Maybe it’s because you just didn’t get enough sleep last night? “Enough sleep” is a weird concept, considering that everyone is a little bit different. What does science have to say on the matter? Just how much sleep should you be getting?


The Simplest Way To Track Your Sleep Yet

A lot of us suck at sleep. But exactly how do we suck at it? Do we toss and turn a lot? Snore? Are we roused by outside noises? Well, the new Misfit Beddit Sleep System promises to answer those questions.


Scientists Have Induced Lucid Dreaming With Electric Shocks

We’re one step closer to on-demand dreaming you can control after a recent study showed that applying a mild electrical current to the scalp can induce lucid dreaming. It sounds a little bit like Inception, only with more science and less espionage. It also sounds pretty fun.


The Big Sleep: How Hibernation Could Overcome Life-Threatening Injury

Imagine it: you have been rushed into the emergency room and you are dying. Your injuries are too severe for the surgeons to repair in time. Your blood haemorrhages unseen from ruptured vessels. The loss of that blood is starving your organs of vital nutrients and oxygen. You are entering cardiac arrest.


The Mattress Gets Reinvented (And Stuffed In The Boot Of Your Car)

Mattress shopping can be a major pain in the arse. Something that Casper, a newly launched sleep startup, wants to remedy. The supposed solution? One single, painstakingly engineered mattress for the masses.


Five Pieces Of Sleep Science You Need To Know

Today is World Sleep Day, designed to make us all celebrate sleep and, presumably, try to get a little bit more of it. But even if you can’t catch more shuteye than usual, here are the five most important things you need to know in order to make the resting hours you do get count.


What Is Your Ideal Soundtrack For Falling Asleep?

For some, to be surrounded by total silence seems like an ideal way to fall asleep. For the rest of us, a completely quiet room after hours is like a breeding ground for every weird, troubling, eye-opening thought you’ve ever had; some kind of background audio helps calm the nerves. Is there a happy medium?


The New Basis Band Dives Deeper Into Your Sleep

The Basis B1 band was already one of the best activity trackers you could buy, with a few caveats. In the last few months, it’s taken significant steps towards becoming even better; in November the B1 improved how it keeps track of your exercise habits, and starting this month,it will be able to tell the difference between REM sleep, light sleep and deep sleep.


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