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Desperate for Some Midday Shut-Eye? Google Naps Has You Covered

It happens to the best of us: you stayed up late getting down on a Tuesday night, and come Wednesday, you can barely keep your eyes open. Desk napping is far too risky, so what's a comatose professional about town to do? Why, pull up Google Naps, of course. Read More >>

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Jet Lag Pill Could Correct a Wonky Body Clock After a Night Shift Down the Disco

Researchers looking into how certain hormones work inside the brain have come up with the concept of a jet lag treatment, one that could reset the body's internal clock by performing a factory reset of our natural rhythms by suppressing an enzyme that effects the brain. Read More >>

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Sleep Loss Leads to Brain Damage in Mice (and Maybe Therefore People)

Some poor little lab mice were rudely awakened during the night by researchers, who were looking into the ways missing out on sleep can effect the brain. The shock-horror result was the death of 25 per cent of some types of brain cells in the poor, tired mice. Read More >>

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Five Pieces of Sleep Science You Need to Know

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. Read More >>

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This £18,000 Vibrating Waterbed Syncs to You Heart Rate

People, muster up all your creative juices and imagine the most ridiculous bed you can think of. Is it a waterbed? Obviously. Can it play music from your iPhone? Totally. Does it vibrate to the beat of that music? Yes, it can. Can it sync 50 LED lights to the beating of your heart? Yup. Read More >>

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This Electronic Sleep Apnea Cure Is Like Auto-Pilot for Breathing

Sleep apnea increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. But the treatment, wearing a CPAP mask to bed, is so uncomfortable that many patients abandon it. Now, research in this week's New England Journal of Medicine shows that a pacemaker like electronic implant could reduce symptoms by nearly 70%, by directly stimulating the muscles in the throat to keep the airway open during sleep. It's like autopilot for breathing. Read More >>

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Counting Sheep Doesn't Actually Work, Just a Head's Up

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. Read More >>

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Gadgets in the Bedroom Stress Kids, Disrupt Sleep and Impact on Brain Performance

The kids of the nation aren't going to like the advice dished out by Journal of Pediatric Psychology, which is suggesting that gadgets and TVs should be removed from the bedrooms of children to help them sleep. Because more sleep equals better brains. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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Get Some Sleep or Your Brain Will Be Full of Neurotoxin Trash, Say Scientists

If you've ever had an overbearing parent or partner tell you you're lazy for having a lie in, well, HA! The joke's on them, as their early rising ways probably means that their brains are full of nasty neurotoxins, according to new research. Read More >>

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What Would Happen If You Just Stopped Sleeping Forever

It's a Monday, so chances are you want to crawl back home and into bed, and sleep the day away. But what good is all that comatose-time doing you anyway? What if you just cut it out and were productive or something, instead? Read More >>

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Too Many Sleepless Nights Can Actually Shut Down Important Genes

While it's easy enough to brush off a few sleepless nights with a pot of coffee and the occasional desk-nap, you may be doing more harm than you realise  According to a new study from Surrey University, snagging less than six hours of sleep per night can actually shut down genes that play a key role in the body's process of self-repair. Read More >>

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Long Exposure Photographs Reveal How Lovers Sleep

I'm such a wild sleeper than sometimes I wake up in the most awkward of positions. Face planted, facing the wrong direction, diagonal, on the completely other side—you name it, I've woken up in it. I was always wanted to know my movement patterns. Photographer Paul Schneggenburger created a photography series that showed long exposure pictures of lovers asleep. You can see who the big spoon is! Read More >>

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Walking on a Bed Is Apparently an Important Part of Making a Mattress

This guys job is to walk on a mattress. No, seriously. His name is Reuben Reynoso and he's a professional mattress walker. This is apparently the important, final step in making a mattress. I am not joking. Read More >>

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The Science You Need to Lucid Dream

If you've always wanted to lucid dream but never yet managed it, don't fear: here are some scientific tricks you can use to help train your brain and body. You'll be controlling your dreams in no time. Read More >>

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Next-Gen Smartphones Want to Listen to All Your Conversations

The boffins at smartphone speech recognition specialist Nuance are working on low-power tools to continually monitor all spoken communications within their audio range, so even when your phone's in standby mode it'll be ready to perform your train timetable searches and check the time in faraway places. Read More >>

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