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How Much Sleep Is Too Much Sleep?

An entire industry—with its own spokespeople, podcasts, best-sellers, retreats, truisms, etc—has sprung up around sleep. Give or take a contrarian or two, the message of most of this stuff seems to be that sleep is good, and that if you’re not sleeping seven or eight hours a night, you should be. And since you’re probably not sleeping seven or eight hours a night—since, in all likelihood, you can barely focus on this sentence, having sacrificed one or two or all of your needed eight hours to soothing your newborn, or streaming bad TV, or snorting cocaine—what all this stuff is really saying is: sleep more. Read More >>

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Sleep-Deprived People May Infect You With Loneliness

Not getting enough or the right kind of sleep is notoriously bad for physical health. But a new study out of the University of California, Berkeley suggests that poor sleep can be a nightmare for our social lives too. It just might turn us into lonely outcasts, capable of spreading our misery to others. Read More >>

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Bose Has a Pricey Winner With Its Sleep-Friendly Earbuds

Sleeping on the weekends is rough. My flat is across the street from a bar that grows only louder and more crowded in the height of summer, so a good Saturday night snooze is usually out of the question. Raucous drinkers, the thump of the bass from the building, and the sound of my air conditioner create a cacophony nearly impossible to ignore. I’m not a fan. But Bose thinks its “Sleepbuds,” white noise masking earbuds designed to be worn during sleep (coming to the UK this autumn), can help alleviate the issue without resorting to the tried and true noise-cancelling technology used in some of its headphones. I get the appeal, but can a £229 white noise generator jammed in my ear canal really solve my sleeping problems? Read More >>

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The Strange Connection Between Opioid Addiction and Narcolepsy Might Help Us Treat Both

A new study could revive an abandoned theory about how to treat narcolepsy, the thus-far incurable disorder that makes people chronically sleepy. And it could also provide a new lead on how to treat drug addiction. Read More >>

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Smartphones and Video Games May Make Teens Sadder Because of How They Affect Sleep

As smartphones and other highly portable devices have become omnipresent, some researchers and many parents have begun to worry about the mental health risks of excessive screen time on kids and teens. New research presented this week doesn’t debunk a link between technology and depression, but it could sharpen the reasons why it exists. Rather than social isolation or any direct effects on the brain, the study’s findings suggest, it’s the lack of sleep caused by web-surfing or gaming that’s most to blame. Read More >>

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Chimp Beds Are Way Less Filthy Than Human Beds

In a twist that rivals cinema’s best, a new study published Tuesday in Royal Society Open Science suggests a horrible truth: we’ve been the damn dirty apes all along. It found that beds made by one of our closest primate relatives, chimpanzees, contain little personal filth, meaning germs and parasites from their own body, and certainly much less filth than what’s typically seen in human homes and beds. Read More >>

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People Who Like to Stay up Later Have a Higher Chance of Early Death, Study Finds

Night owls may be more fun at parties, but a preference for staying out late may come with some serious drawbacks, suggests a new study published this week in Chronobiology International. Namely, it might increase your chances of dying early. Read More >>

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Forcing People to Get Up Early Sort of Kills Them a Bit

Researchers looking into human sleep patterns have found that some people really shouldn't be made to start work early, as forcing night people to become morning people appears to raise their chances of dying prematurely by 10 per cent. Read More >>

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CES 2018: Philips’ New Headband Promises Better Sleep by Whispering in Your Ear All Night Long

You don’t need a scientist to tell you that a good night’s sleep is important to your health. Your body tells you that every time you try to climb out of bed after a late night. So to help maximise what sleep you are able to get, Philips has created a headband that plays special sounds designed to encourage your brain to remain in its most restful deep sleep state. Read More >>

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Wi-Fi Signals May One Day Be Used to Tell If You’re Dreaming

Researchers from MIT have developed a wireless, artificially intelligent sensor that can detect the various stages of sleep, including rapid eye movement—the sleep stage associated with dreaming. The non-invasive system could change the way clinicians diagnose sleep disorders and other health complications. Read More >>

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Gym Offers 45-Minute Intensive Sleep Routine

Targeting stressed parents who don't have enough time to sleep at night what with working three casual jobs and having numerous social media feeds to maintain, gym group David Lloyd has had an idea. A 45-minute trip to the gym where you lie down and have a nap under the pretence of it being a valuable wellbeing class. Read More >>

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Lack of Sleep Blamed for Your Rubbish Tweets

Office rudeness has been found to rocket when people spend a bit too long on their phones after bedtime the night before, with a survey suggesting that lower levels of self control caused by not getting enough sleep can trigger bad behaviour the next day. Read More >>

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You Can Download Night Shift For MacOS For Free Right Now

You no longer have to worry about your laptop’s bright screen disrupting your sleep schedule. Apple just released Night Shift — a feature that reduces blue light from the display in the evening — on the newest version of macOS Sierra (10.12.4). The update has been in testing since 24th January, but only developers have been able to download it. Now, the update is available for everyone to use. Read More >>

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Apple’s Night Shift is Finally Coming to macOS

Staring at your computer screen in the dead of night can be bad for you, if only because it can also keep you up later than expected. Now, Apple is finally releasing a feature on macOS that will save your precious pupils from the tyranny of blue light. Read More >>

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A Bed That Warms My Feet So I Fall Asleep Faster Is the Only Furniture I Need

Getting the recommended eight hours of sleep every night means you’ll spend at least a third of your life in bed. So if you’re going to splurge on a piece of furniture, it might as well be a bed that constantly adjusts its comfort to match your sleeping position and warms your feet so you can fall asleep faster at night. Read More >>