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The seven types of rest: I spent a week trying them all. Could they help end my exhaustion?

When we feel extreme fatigue most of us focus on sleep problems. But proper relaxation takes many forms. I spent a week exploring what really works“Are you the most tired you can ever remember being?” asks a friend. Well, yes. I have it easy – my caring responsibilities are limited and my work is physically undemanding and very low stakes – but I am wrecked. The brain fog, tearful confusion and deep lethargy I feel seems near universal. A viral tweet from February asked: “Just to confirm … every...
Tags: Health, Google, Science, Sleep, Medicine, Life and style, Health & wellbeing


Can lucid dreaming help us understand consciousness?

The ability to control our dreams is a skill that more of us are seeking to acquire for sheer pleasure. But if taken seriously, scientists believe it could unlock new secrets of the mindMichelle Carr is frequently plagued by tidal waves in her dreams. What should be a terrifying nightmare, however, can quickly turn into a whimsical adventure – thanks to her ability to control her dreams. She can transform herself into a dolphin and swim into the water. Once, she transformed the wave itself, turn...
Tags: New York, Science, Sleep, Neuroscience, Consciousness, Carr, University of Rochester


Sleep affluence: why too much shut-eye can be bad for your health

A new study re-emphasises the fact that oversleeping can be harmful for us – and especially for older peopleName: sleep affluence.Zzzzz. Hey! This is a very interesting and very informative column! Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Sleep, Life and style, Dementia, Older people, Alzheimer's, Ageing


Seven simple steps to sounder sleep

How I overcome my chronic insomnia with scienceEverything about our day impacts our sleep. How many minutes we spend outside, what and when we eat, what’s happening with our hormones, our habits, emotions, stress and thoughts – all this feeds into the sleep we end up with at night. All of which I was completely oblivious to when battling chronic insomnia for years on end.Sleep anxiety can create a very real and vicious circle. I would spend hours lying in bed, increasingly wired, anxious and exh...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Sleep, Life and style, Health & wellbeing


How you can learn a new language during certain phases of sleep

Participants were given headphones to listen to while asleep. FreshSplash/Getty Images If you're learning a language but are finding it a slow process, there may ways to speed things up. Your brain can establish links between words in two languages while you're asleep. That means sophisticated learning is possible while you're snoozing. See more stories on Insider's business page. While we can't exactly work or cook at the same time as snoozing, our brains are still ver...
Tags: UK, Science, Learning, Sleep, Life, International, Trends, Skills, Nordic, Learning Languages, Tech Insider, Science Contributors, BI General Contributors, Tech Contributors, International Contributors, Qayyah Moynihan


Dream on! The surprising health benefit of a weekend lie-in

An extra hour on Saturday and Sunday may be no substitute for a regular good night’s sleep – but according to new research it may help stave off depressionName: The weekend lie-in.Age: As old as the weekend. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Sleep, Life and style, Depression, Health & wellbeing


Keep it short and before 3pm: what the sleep scientists say about naps

Napping is a symbol of laziness but it can improve our memory, creativity, empathy and problem-solvingNapping has long been a symbol of laziness, but actually it is an essential bodily function that improves our memory, creativity, empathy and problem-solving abilities.Sleep scientists say the gold standard for good physical and mental health is making sure you get between seven and nine hours’ sleep every day, but not necessarily all in one go. Related: National Trust to give staff siestas in...
Tags: Health, Science, Sleep, Life and style, Mental Health, Health & wellbeing, University of Oxford


How it's possible to learn a new language during certain phases of sleep

Participants were given headphones to listen to while asleep. FreshSplash/Getty Images If you're learning a language but are finding it a slow process, there may ways to speed things up. Your brain can establish links between words in two languages while you're asleep. That means sophisticated learning is possible while you're snoozing. See more stories on Insider's business page. While we can't exactly work or cook at the same time as snoozing, our brains are still ver...
Tags: UK, Science, Learning, Sleep, Life, Germany, International, Trends, Nordic, Deutsch, BI International, Learning Languages, Tech Insider, Business Insider Deutschland, Science Contributors, BI General Contributors


Our Weirdest Dreams Could Be Training Us for Life, New Theory Says

I once dreamt that I lived inside the belly of a Tyrannosaurus rex. Another dream about a haunted refrigerator that kept reappearing in my kitchen despite my repeated attempts to get rid of it makes me chuckle to this very day. And just last night, for reasons beyond my comprehension, I dreamt that I stole a pair of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Sleep, Psychotherapy, Mind, Dream, Self, Deirdre Barrett, Neural Network, Computational Neuroscience, Artificial Neural Network, Erik Hoel, Academic Disciplines, The Interpretation Of Dreams, Antti Revonsuo


Netflix's Awake Trailer Has a Worldwide Sleeping Disorder

In Awake, a mysterious event causes all electronics to stop working... as well as people’s inability to sleep. I have no idea what could possibly cause both these things, and if there’s an answer, it’s absolutely not in the movie’s first trailer.Read more...
Tags: Science, Sleep, Biology, Insomnia, Netflix, Gina Rodriguez, Awake, Mathilda, Human Interest, Mark Raso, Branches Of Biology, Entertainment Culture, Mark Raso Kodachrome, Mathilda Ariana Greenblatt, Jill Gina Rodriguez


Sleeping less than 6 hours a night in middle age may sharply increase the risk of dementia, long-term study says

A man sleeps in a chair during an Expo in China on April 8. Getty Images Sleeping less than 6 hours a night increased the risk of dementia 30%, a UK study found. The study followed almost 8000 people from the age of 50 onwards, for about 25 years. The findings are a strong indicator that poor sleep is a risk factor for dementia. See more stories on Insider's business page. People who slept 6 hours or less in their middle age were 30% more likely to get dementia, according to results...
Tags: UK, Science, Sleep, China, Trends, Research, New York Times, News UK, The Times, Dementia, Times, University Of California, Nature Communications, University of Surrey, Dijk, Alzheimer s Research UK


Middle-aged people who sleep six hours or less at greater risk of dementia, study finds

UCL data of 10,000 volunteers shows cases 30% higher among those who slept poorly in their 50s, 60s and 70s People who regularly sleep for six hours or less each night in middle age are more likely to develop dementia than those who routinely manage seven hours, according to a major study into the disease.Researchers found a 30% greater risk of dementia in those who during their 50s, 60s and 70s consistently had a short night’s sleep, regardless of other risk factors such as heart and metabolic ...
Tags: Health, Science, Sleep, Neuroscience, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Medical Research, Health & wellbeing, Dementia, Sleep apnoea


Octopuses Dream in 'GIFs,' New Experiment Suggests

Two years ago, a PBS documentary video showed an octopus named Heidi in what appeared to be an active dream state. Her arms twitched as she slumbered, and her skin flipped wildly through all sorts of alien textures. Most dramatically, however, the cephalopod changed colors, flashing in greens and reds like a…Read more...
Tags: Science, Sleep, Biology, Brain, Dream, Octopus, Heidi, Cephalopod, Dan Margoliash, Branches Of Biology, Neurophysiology, Rapid Eye Movement Sleep, Non Rapid Eye Movement Sleep, Cephalopod Intelligence, Sleep In Non Human Animals, Iscience




Let there be light! Why sunny spring days make us happier and healthier

Warmer days and nature awakening are not the only reasons to be cheerful. Scientists explain exactly why this season makes us feel betterLike prisoners waiting to be released from winter, we on these small islands in the northern hemisphere have been willing spring on for weeks now, watching for signs. The hours of light are growing apace, as the shadows shrink. Chilly daffodils nod at us from municipal flower beds. Are the skies even getting bluer? Our senses are alert in ways we don’t fully un...
Tags: Health, Astronomy, Science, Sleep, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Health & wellbeing, The Sun, Meteorology, Spring


One of Braun's First Digital Alarm Clocks Is Back With Wireless Charging Powers

Millions of words have been devoted to Dieter Rams’ iconic hardware designs, but nothing stands as a testament to the timeliness of his creations like a 45-year-old digital alarm clock being resurrected and updated to give your smartphone a functional and stylish place to rest and recharge overnight.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Technology, Sleep, Smartphone, Alarms, Science and Technology, Clock, Home Appliances, Braun, Dieter Rams, Magsafe, Alarm Clock, Display technology, Liquid Crystal Display, Dieter Ram


Look after yourself: how your state of mind could affect your Covid jab

Psychological burdens from stress to loneliness to lack of sleep have been shown to affect immune responses to other vaccinationsSleep well. Take time out to relax. Connect with your friends and family. Such things would be advisable at any time – but might it be especially important in the coming months. According to a growing body of evidence, our psychological state can shape the immune system’s reaction to a new vaccine – including the development of protective antibodies that will help us t...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Science, Sleep, Depression, Anxiety, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Carers, Vaccines and immunisation, Loneliness, University of Manchester, Daniel Davis, Coronavirus


Scientists found a way to communicate with people while they're asleep and dreaming

Roos Koole/Getty Images In a new study, scientists found they could communicate with people who are lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming is when a person is aware they are dreaming. The dreamers could answer yes-or-no questions and solve basic math problems while asleep. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Scientists have identified a new phenomenon they describe as "interactive dreaming" - when people experiencing deep sleep and lucid dreams are able to follow instructions,...
Tags: Science, News, Sleep, Biology, US, Trends, REM, Dreams, Lucid, Northwestern University, Eeg, David Nield, Current Biology, France Germany the Netherlands, ScienceAlert, Ken Paller


Scientists Find a Way to Communicate With Dreaming People

The veil between dreamworld and reality may be thinner than we thought. In a new study released Thursday, scientists in four countries say they’ve shown it’s possible to communicate with people while they’re lucid dreaming. At least some of the time, the dreamers were reportedly able to respond to yes-or-no questions…Read more...
Tags: Science, Sleep, Biology, Mind, Nightmare, Dream, Lucid Dream, Ken Paller, Branches Of Biology, Rapid Eye Movement Sleep, Technology Internet, Pre Lucid Dream, Stephen Laberge


How Do Animals Perceive Time?

I’m writing this on a Tuesday, at 2:26 p.m. Minutes ago, it was 9 a.m., or so it feels; back then, I was enjoying the delusion, refreshed each morning, that I’d accomplish what I needed to do today. I still might—there are hours left in the workday—but I’m wiser than I was when I woke up five hours ago: it’ll be 7pm…Read more...
Tags: Science, Sleep, Articles, Philosophy, Circadian Clock, Perception, Circadian Rhythm, Frequency, Branches Of Philosophy, Entrainment, Suprachiasmatic Nucleus, Bacterial Circadian Rhythm, Time Perception


FDA Clears Tongue Stimulator You Use During the Day to Reduce Snoring and Sleep Apnea

There aren’t many options currently available on the market to help people who snore relieve their suffering, or the suffering of anyone stuck within earshot. But a new gadget approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday could be a game changer for those bedtime woes, and the best part is it you don’t…Read more...
Tags: Science, Sleep, Sleep Disorders, Fda, U S Food and Drug Administration, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Apnea, Branches Of Biology, Health Medical Pharma, Central Sleep Apnea, Apneahypopnea Index, Hypopnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sleep Surgery


Is working in bed ruining your sleep and sex life? Here’s how to fix it

Using the bedroom as a workspace has its pitfalls, from a disturbed body clock to a dampened libido. But it doesn’t have to be that wayWhat with the leaden skies and killer virus circulating outside, holing up in your bedroom may seem like a perfect strategy for seeing out the rest of winter. For some of those forced to work from home, the bedroom is also currently doubling as a workspace. So how do we stop working from bed interfering with our sleep and sex lives?A major consideration is lighti...
Tags: Science, Sleep, Sex, Relationships, Life and style, Work & careers, Health & wellbeing


This Hideously Expensive Smart Bed Cured My Back Pain

In the last few years, tech companies have sunk an incredible amount of time, money, and hype into solving sleep. Some companies offer to help you track your sleep with wearables, some aim to help you sleep more soundly with meditation services or devices, and others have developed products that will cure your…Read more...
Tags: Science, Sleep, Smarthome, Smart Beds, Tempur Pedic, Tempur Pedic Tempur Ergo Smart Base Review


The Sleep Pod Made Me Feel Like a Human Worm

I reached a point as an adult a couple of years back where I’m now willing to try just about anything to calm my nerves and sleep more peacefully—with virtually no limitations on how silly or bizarre the product or application may seem. This has become even more important during quarantine, as I’m sleeping less than…Read more...
Tags: Science, Sleep, Human Meat, Sleep Pod, Body Sleeves, Hug Sleep Sleep Pod Review, Hug Sleep


Bose Promises Round 2 of the Excellent Sleepbuds Will Fix Their Biggest Problem

Bose discontinued its noise-masking Sleepbuds last year after users complained about unreliable charging. However, Bose didn’t completely give up on its goal of making super small in-ear white noise generators, because today the company announced the second-gen Sleepbuds II. Read more...
Tags: Science, Sleep, Bose, Consumer Tech, Sleep Tech, Bose Announces The Sleepbuds 2, Sleepbuds 2, Sleepbuds Ii


Sleep Scientists Want to Cancel Daylight Saving Time

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a U.S. organization representing sleep scientists, has called for the eradication of the century-long practice of daylight saving time, in which clocks are moved an hour forward in the spring and returned back an hour in the fall. The twice-a-year transition, they argue, not…Read more...
Tags: Science, Sleep, Daylight Saving Time, American Academy of Sleep Medicine a U S


Get better sleep each night by binging content on Restflix

40 percent of Americans receive less than seven hours of sleep every night. Sleep deprivation wreaks havoc on your physiology, creating problems ranging from dementia to obesity. A good night's sleep has positive benefits for your mental and physical health, including increased focus and reduced anxiety. A good night's sleep is one of the greatest indicators of a healthy lifestyle. Getting at least seven hours of sleep per night has positive benefits for your mind and body but, for numerous rea...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science, Technology, Sleep, Brain, Netflix, Innovation, Mind, Restflix, Restful Sleep Streaming Service


Do you suffer from Exploding Head Syndrome?

Exploding Head Syndrome (EHS) is an actual medical condition in which an individual sometimes experiences an explosive sound inside their head when drifting off to sleep or just waking up. The big boom may also be accompanied by a flash of light. Also called "episodic cranial sensory shock," cases have been reported in the medical literature since the 19th century although the phenomenon is not well studied. In 2017, the BBC's Science Focus magazine and academic collaborators launched a survey a...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Sleep, EHS, Sleep Medicine, Goldsmiths, Does The Noise In My Head Bother You, BBC s Science Focus magazine, Alice -RSB- Gregory


Is There a Way to Cure or Prevent Nightmares?

Are you spending your sleeping hours getting chased down endless hallways by men with enormous claws for hands? Shrieking in pain as wolves chomp your legs? Re-experiencing various traumatic incidents from your childhood from the vantage point of a ghost, forced to watch the same disasters play out over and over again…Read more...
Tags: Science, Sleep, Nightmares, Lucid Dreaming, Sleep Science, Imagery Rehearsal Therapy


Should you "hack" your sleep pattern?

A seemingly common trait of geniuses like Nikola Tesla and Leonardo da Vinci is that they operated (and excelled) on very few hours of sleep per night. BrainCraft's Vanessa Hill explains that while unorthodox sleep patterns may have worked for them, your mileage may vary. Attempting to sleep like a genius could "wreak havoc" on your brain and be detrimental to your health.There are three different types of sleep patterns: monophasic sleep (one chunk at night for a recommended 6-8 hours), biphasi...
Tags: Science, Sleep, Biology, Neuroscience, Hack, Brain, Innovation, Mind, Nikola Tesla, Leonardo da Vinci, Vanessa Hill, Human body



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