sleep

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.


Wait, Counting Sheep Doesn't Actually Work?

In today’s world we have lots of sleep aides like Tempur-Pedic beds and, uh, Ambien. But if you’re still using the bore-yourself-to-sleep method, some bad news is coming down the pike: Counting sheep doesn’t work.


Why We Need To Sleep So Much

One of the universal truths for most humans who appreciate things like comfort and relaxation and a collection of soft feathers and enveloping warmth and rejuvenation is that we love our sleep. It makes us feel good! And sure it wastes a lot of time, but we feel like crap when we don’t have enough of it. And, beyond feeling good, we sort of need it. But why do we need it?


Sleeping In Public Just Keeps Getting Easier

Like ostriches themselves, the Ostrich Pillow is enigmatic and generally fascinating. Who would use it? Is it appropriate for children? Is it a sex toy? Hard to say! But it looks downright comfortable for napping. The only issue is carrying it.


Why A Clock Radio Is The Best Way To Wake Up

I recently invested in an AM/FM clock radio, and I will never look back. Why? Because radio in the morning is the best way to wake up.


Scientists Successfully 'Erase' Fear Using Scent Therapy

Have you had trouble shaking that fear of snakes or dogs or spiders? Researchers from Northwestern University have developed a new technique to re-channel memories while subjects sleep — by blasting them with various odours. It’s like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in Smell-o-Vision.


What Would Happen If You Just Stopped Sleeping Forever

You woke up this morning on a Monday, filled with the dread and tiredness that weekdays always bring. Remember when you slept in super-late yesterday? What good did all that comatose-time do you anyway? What would happen if you stayed awake forever?


This App Wakes You Up At Your Stop If You Fall Asleep On The Train

We’ve all done it. After a tough day at work or a long night of drinking, the gentle motion of the train rocks you right to sleep, and the next thing you know, you wake up in the sticks. It’s a frustrating problem, but one app developer thinks he has the solution: a motion-based alarm clock that wakes you up at your stop.