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You Are Getting SleepyTagged Proteins May Point to Why

Two years ago, scientists in Japan reported the discovery of a mouse that just could not stay awake. This creature, which had a mutation in a gene called Sik3, slept upwards of 30 percent more than usual: Although it awoke apparently refreshed, it would need to snooze again long before its normal lab mates’ bedtime. It was as if the mouse had a greater need for sleep. International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine/University of Tsukuba Their experiments compared Sleepy and normal mice that were either well-rested or in various states…

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Cant sleep? Tell yourself its not a big deal | Oliver Burkeman

Theres growing evidence that thinking of yourself as an insomniac is a major part of the problem Note to publishers: in my view, theres an unfilled gap in the wellness market for a book on how sleep isnt really that important. In contrast to thats not what the science says. But you know what? Unlike all those other books, this one would help people sleep. Because take it from an intermittent bad sleeper: theres nothing more likely to keep an insomniac up at night, or turn a good sleeper into…

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This Gently Breathing Robot Cuddles You to Sleep

It's breathing. The chest rises and falls rhythmically, hypnotically. We guess it's the chest. Nobody's marketed a sleep robot before, and we're not even sure it's a robot. It looks like a pillowy four-pound kidney bean, about the size of a novelty prize at a carnival game. "Spooning the sleep robot during the night, you will be soothed to sleep," the sales literature claims, with "thousands of years of Buddhist breathing techniques." To bring upon sleep, breathing has to become slow and even, says Natalie Dautovich, a psychologist and sleep…

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Its 2:51 A.M. Can You Fall Asleep?

This feature requires JavaScript to function. Got it. You stayed up very late tonight preparing your big presentation for tomorrow. You work at the company that comes up with slogans for salad, and if you do well on this presentation, your boss says you will start getting paid. Tomorrow morning you will pitch “My Vegetables Are Damp With Pleasure” as the new slogan for salad. But tonight, you need some sleep. Turn off the lights and try to sleep. You close your eyes as hard as you can and attempt…

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Tracking my life with tech to improve my life

Theres this idea that if we quantify and track our lives, our lives will be better. But Im not so sure about that. Over the past week, Ive tracked both my sleep and bedroom air quality. Lets first take a look at the Beautyrest Sleeptracker. The Sleeptracker comes with a couple of sensors that you put underneath your mattress. It tells you how much time you spent asleep, and breaks it down by time spent in light sleep versus deep sleep versus REM sleep. Last Friday night, for example, I…

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Sense of purpose aids sleep, US scientists find

People who felt they had a strong purpose in life suffer from less insomnia and sleep disturbance, says neurologist The secret to a good nights sleep later in life is having a good reason to get up in the morning, according to US researchers who surveyed people on their sleeping habits and sense of purpose. People who felt they had a strong purpose in life suffered from less insomnia and sleep disturbances than others and claimed to rest better at night as a result, the study found. Jason Ong, a…

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