Drowsiness is routinely blamed on a lack of a good night’s sleep. Often this is a justified hypothesis; especially when you try to go to work the morning after the Bon Jovi concert smelling of beer and roadie sweat. The two hours of shut-eye you got before your alarm went off are not enough to [...]
Some jet airliners have recently begun using specifically engineered LED cabin lights to reset travelers’ circadian rhythms, helping them to sleep and to better handle the effects of jetlag. Over the past few years, researchers have found that exposure to low levels of light in the blue part of the spectrum can inhibit the production [...]
Chronic insomnia may increase your risk of heart attack, according to a new study by Norwegian researchers. The researchers asked more than 52,000 men and women to complete questionnaires that asked, among other health questions, how often they had trouble falling asleep, how often they woke up and were unable to get back to sleep [...]
An embarrassing condition for kids throughout the word, wetting the bed while sleeping is a common phenomenon, the cause of which is not fully understood. Known medically as sleep or nocturnal enuresis, this condition is defined as involuntary voiding, or urination, during sleep that occurs at least twice a week after the age of 5. [...]
There you are, standing at the bus stop with your brief case, when you realize you forgot your pants. We’ve all had these dreams — the ones in which we suddenly realize we’re baring all our private parts in public. Nudity in these very common dreams symbolizes a variety of things, depending on your real [...]
Dreams often contain messages about our inner world, leading us to understand consciously what our minds subconsciously know already. Sometimes, we pay attention to these messages when we wake up, taking time to ponder the dream scenarios and think about how they might relate to life situations, past and present. Other times, we quickly forget [...]
New research shows teens who go to bed earlier and get up earlier tend to be thinner and fitter than those who stay up late and sleep in. Scientists have known for a long time that proper sleep duration is connected to healthier metabolism, but a recent study has proven that it’s not just the [...]
As we discussed last week, sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder characterized by shallow breathing that, left untreated, can lead to a variety of other health problems as well as leaving sufferers chronically sleep deprived. It’s also a scary condition for a spouse sleeping next to someone with sleep apnea, when their partner seemingly [...]
Throughout history and across all cultures, humans report having dreams — oftentimes, very disturbing dreams — about their teeth falling out. Carl Jung and other modern depth psychologists believe that all dreams contain symbolism that is meant to help us sort out the problems and issues in our lives and in our subconscious. So, what [...]
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder characterized by irregular pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. Sleeping next to someone suffering from sleep apnea can be a frightening experience. When someone you love is unconscious and seemingly ceases to breathe for what can feel like an eternity, you can feel scared and helpless, [...]
Here are some select sleep facts published by the Australian National Sleep Research Project, an initiative designed to collect facts about sleepers in Australia in 2000: -The record for the longest period without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes during a rocking chair marathon. The record holder reported hallucinations, paranoia, blurred vision, slurred [...]
A new study published in the journal Brain has found that some patients do dream while in a minimally conscious state and are therefore likely to still have a form of consciousness about themselves and the external world. Researchers used electroencephalography (EEG) to compare the structure of sleep in 11 brain-damaged patients — six in [...]
Scientists across the globe agree that sleep, and dreams, are vital to the survival of humankind. A documentary film on American public broadcasting program NOVA, “What Are Dreams?” looks at what dreams really are and who we have them. NOVA joins leading dream researchers as they embark on a variety of neurological and psychological experiments [...]
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To make sure the Canucks are sharp as they travel the road to the Stanley Cup, the team has enlisted the help of a sleep consultant to help players ward off the effects of jet lag. Fatigue Science, a firm that works primarily with businesses in the airline, trucking and rail industries, uses a system [...]
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“I dream things that never were, and ask “Why not?” – George Bernard Shaw
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