Living—and sleeping—mindfully

The power of mindfulness to improve sleep and treat sleep disorders is an exciting and important area of scientific inquiry with significant real-world implications.

Tweeting, Not Sleeping? Balancing Sleep and Social Media

According to just-released research, time spent on social media may be seriously undermining nightly rest.

A More Sleep-Friendly iPhone on the Way? It's About Time!

Apple is moving toward making its handheld devices more sleep friendly. Included in an upgrade for Apple’s iOS operating system is an app called “Night Shift.”

Unlocking the sleep-gut connection

What relationship exists between sleep and this microbial ecosystem within the human body? Emerging science demonstrates that there is a very real, dynamic connection between the m

What Are Smartphones Doing to Kids' Sleep?

Navigating technology with children and teenagers isn’t easy, especially when it comes to nighttime and sleep.

Is Sleep Technology Improving Sleep?

Do you track your sleep with a wristband or a bedroom sleep monitor? Are you working with a sleep app for guidance on how to relieve insomnia or some other sleep problem? If so, you are part of a growing number of people using technology to improve their nightly sleep.

Details From the New Frontier of Sleep

Technology is often regarded as exclusively undermining to sleep, intruding into our lives at all times of day and night and compromising healthy rest. But the reality is more complicated than that.

New Details About How Melatonin Triggers Sleep

New findings also suggest that melatonin may be a bridge between the two powerful systems that govern sleep: the circadian system and the homeostatic sleep system.

New insights about 'the darkness hormone,' melatonin

Research—preliminary to be sure—suggests that our sleep-wake cycles may not only operate under the influence of the 24-hour circadian cycle of daylight and darkness, but under the effects of the roughly 29-day lunar cycle as well.

Why You Should Be Sleeping in the Nude

Don’t decide sleeping naked isn’t for you until you’ve given it a try. You may be surprised at how natural and comfortable it feels.

Hot Enough for You? Sweating at Night Undermines Sleep

Don’t suffer at night because of night sweats. This soggy, uncomfortable experience will interfere with how much sleep you get, and how well you sleep.

The Crucial Benefit of Good Sleep You Might Be Forgetting

Well rested, you’re more likely to feel better, perform better, and to remember more.

The Troubling Link Between When You Eat and How You Sleep

When you’re considering the food choices you make in order to support your health, keep in mind that you’re also influencing how well you sleep—and that it’s not just what you eat, but when, that may matter.

What's Really Keeping You From Getting a Good Night's Sleep

Light exposure alters the ebb and flow in the body of the “sleep” hormone melatonin, which occurs in circadian rhythm.

Observing the damaged brain for clues about dreaming

In recent years, a number of important scientific breakthroughs in understanding dreams have come from research involving neurological conditions.

How Do Scientists Study Dreams?

Through research that relies on dream reports, scientists have accumulated a rich body of information about the themes and emotions contained in dreams, and about dream narratives.

Get to Sleep. Your Life Depends on It.

Researchers found that insomnia was a significant factor in accidental fatal injuries.

You're Awake but You Can't Move

If you experience sleep paralysis, don't panic, because it's a temporary and harmless condition that will soon pass.

Do Sleep Issues in Teens Predict Drug and Alcohol Problems?

Despite their seemingly boundless energy—and propensity to stay up late at night—teens need more sleep than adults.

Sleep Is a Turn On

Sleep may have a significant role to play in the health and vitality of our sexual lives.

Cultivating Mindfulness to Help Sleep

Mindfulness therapy to improve sleep and alleviate symptoms of insomnia or other sleep problems can involve a number of different techniques, including meditation, movement and breathing exercises, sleep restriction and sensory deprivation.

Why Do We Dream?

Many scientists studying sleep and dreams believe that dreaming does have a purpose.

Why We Dream What We Dream

Dreams appear to be influenced by our waking lives in many ways. Theories about why we dream include those that suggest dreaming is a means by which the brain processes emotions, stimuli, memories, and information that’s been absorbed throughout the waking day.

Our Dreaming World

Despite sustained scientific exploration and attention—and no shortage of theories—we still don’t know the answer to the most fundamental question: Why do we dream?

How to Keep Snoring from Hurting Your Relationship

Tending to a snoring issue can lead to better sleep for both partners, as well as a more loving and harmonious relationship that includes sleeping together, not apart. Sleeping well with the person we love is the goal, and by treating snoring effectively, it can happen. There is help.

Is Sleep Apnea Related to the "Sperm Crisis"?

What’s behind the widespread decrease in sperm quality? There’s not likely to be a single culprit, nor a simple answer. Results of a newly released study suggest an intriguing possibility: could the “sperm crisis” observed in the French study and others be at least partially the result of sleep apnea?

How Our Dreams Influence Our Days

How much thought do you give to your dreaming life?

EPAP and the Future of Snoring

Snoring is a sleep problem that should not be ignored. Left unattended, snoring can wreak havoc with both health and quality of life, increasing risks for serious health conditions and contributing to difficulties with daily functioning. New treatments are available.

Mind-body Therapies to Ease Insomnia

If you are suffering from insomnia, meditation and Tai Chi may improve your symptoms, including overall sleep quality.

Does Cancer Grow More Aggressively at Night?

Researchers have found evidence that some cancers may grow more quickly during nighttime resting hours than during the waking day.

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