Why Daylight Saving Time Will Kill Us All

In the wee hours of Sunday morning, ancient black magic dictates that most of our clocks will magically spring forward an hour, which means we lose an hour of precious, precious sleep. Which means that for the first few days of next week, right as this intolerably long, cold winter is starting to crack, we're all… » 3/07/14 1:00pm 3/07/14 1:00pm

Women Totally Mad IRL for Stuff Their Boyfriends Do in Dreams

Tabloid trendpieces should be taken with an entire shaker of salt. But the headline "Over Half of Women Admit They Have Woken Up In A Bad Mood With Their Partner Because He Annoyed Them... In A DREAM" does not require any additional sodium. It is 100% correct, based on totally unscientific anecdata. » 11/15/13 11:10am 11/15/13 11:10am

Your Brain Is Basically Wet Garbage Without an Afternoon Nap

GREAT NEWS VIA SCIENCE, BRAIN-HAVERS. Researchers from U Mass Amherst studied the sleep and learning patterns of 40 3- to 5-year-olds (who, if you think about it, are basically adult lady-bloggers in terms of both species and desire for goldfish crackers) and discovered that kids who take afternoon naps are better at… » 9/24/13 3:05pm 9/24/13 3:05pm

Creepy NASA Researchers Want to Watch You Sleep for 70 Days

Would you let NASA watch you sleep on a slight, six-degree decline for free? What about for $18,000 and a little certificate saying you were once an assistant astronaut, but also with the catch that researchers could draw funny, ineffable doodles on your face with a laundry marker? If you’re in reasonably good shape… » 9/21/13 2:30pm 9/21/13 2:30pm

The British Have Naked Slumber Parties, but No One Else Is Invited

So not only are British men wallowing in grimy, fluid-dappled bedsheets, the British people — as in, the nation of proud, austere, emotionally cloistered monarch sycophants — are quite fond of sleeping naked, because all that stiff-upper-lip stuff needs some kind of an outlet, and going to bed without first corralling… » 9/07/13 4:00pm 9/07/13 4:00pm

Almost 9 Million Americans Rely on Prescription Pills to Fall Asleep

I am pretty much a gold-medal-level sleeper—I've slept through earthquakes, smoke alarms, wolf fights (PROBABLY, HOW WOULD I KNOW?)—so I don't have any prescription supplements to usher me off to snoozeville. But once in a while, when one crosses my path, oh my god is that velvety blackness ever awesome. So it… » 8/30/13 11:40am 8/30/13 11:40am

Baby Mammals Twitch in Their Sleep Because They’re Learning Cute Moves

Okay, so this research into the phenomenon of twitching baby mammals (in the words of University of Iowa psychology professor Mark Blumberg, “literally every mammal that has ever been looked at” twitches) is really interesting, but I’m not going to dress this post up in futuristic scientific regalia (I was thinking a… » 6/22/13 2:00pm 6/22/13 2:00pm

Not Sleeping Can Turn You Into a Lying, Cheating Scumbag

Have you been acting dishonest around the office lately by taking credit for other people's work or misreporting numbers? There's a chance that your recent acts of workplace scum-baggery are not entirely your fault. New research shows that the impulse to cheat might come from (or is at least encouraged by) a lack of… » 6/04/13 7:15pm 6/04/13 7:15pm