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  1. You’re Probably Not Getting Enough Sleep, Says Healthcare Triage Video

    Unless you're Canadian, in which case good job!

    Already want to go back to bed? It's probably because you're not getting enough sleep. (Well, either that or you just saw a terrible Internet comment that makes you too sad to be awake right now, but with any luck it's the former.) But it's okay because Healthcare Triage, which is produced by the same people who make the Crash Course series, is here to help. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm just gonna rest my eyes for a bit...

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  2. AsapSCIENCE Explains How Much Sleep We Actually Need [Video]

    Shut up! You're not my mom!

    This video is, no pun intended, a wake-up call. If you're one of the countless people who scoff at the necessity of getting eight solid hours of sleep every night, AsapSCIENCE is here to warn you about the harm that might do your brain and body--unless you're a mutant, that is.

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  3. Science Says Couples Who Sleep Close Together Are Happier, We Say Shove It, Science

    Seriously, science. I'm trying to sleep. Go back to your own side.

    According to a study on the sleeping habits of couples, those who sleep farther than one inch away from their partner are less likely to be happy. Well, that's what the numbers show anyway, but numbers can be a bit misleading, and I'm 100% sure my fiancée is happier keeping my body's nuclear sleep temperature way on the other side of the bed.

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  4. Babies Keep Parents Sleep Deprived on Purpose So They Don’t Make Any More Babies

    "Go the f--- to sleep." —Samuel L. Jackson

    Any new parent can tell you that sleeping through the night is a rare experience after babby is formed. According to Harvard biology professor David Haig, that may be on purpose. He says that babies intentionally wake parents up for overnight feedings to keep them from... making more babies.

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  5. Daylight Saving Time Makes You Lose Sleep And Causes A Bunch Of Heart Attacks

    It basically exists only to troll your body.

    We all know "springing forward" for Daylight Saving Time is awful because we lose that precious hour of sleep on a Saturday night (so, so cruel). Unfortunately for humanity, that's not the biggest downside of the hour time-shift we experience each spring: it also immediately and significantly ups the heart attack rate.

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  6. Pulling All-Nighters May Actually Give You Brain Damage, Sleeping in Isn’t Lazy, It’s for Your Health

    As you suspected, your alarm clock is evil and trying to destroy you.

    If you're thinking about pushing everything until the last minute and then pulling an all-nighter to cram for that midterm and eating chocolate covered espresso beans all day to stay awake for the test (don't question my delicious methods), you might want to come up with an alternate plan that doesn't cause brain damage.

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  7. Scientists Finally Understand Why We Need Sleep, And It’s Because Of Our Dirty Minds

    No, not the board game, that's a different thing entirely.

    Humans need sleep; everybody knows that without it, we get cranky, a bit loopy, and then we die. Unfortunately, science has been a little iffy about it; though we understood the negative effects associated with lack of sleep, no one really knew why those things happened. Now, we're finally getting some insight into what sleep does for our bodies.

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  8. Watch AsapSCIENCE Explain What Happens if We Stop Sleeping, Then Maybe Go Take a Nap

    No! Sleep! 'Til AsapSCIENCE!

    We had a long, exciting weekend at Maker Faire and frankly haven't gotten enough sleep. A bad night's sleep is one thing, but what happens if you stop sleep altogether? AsapSCIENCE explains the effects sleep deprivation can have on your body, and they're not pretty. Literally. Lack of sleep makes you less attractive.

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  9. Monday Cute: The Elephant in the Room


    Sure, I bet it wasn't easy getting out of bed this morning, but you can at least be confident that if there was a baby elephant you'd sit up and pay attention. Previously in Elephants

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  10. Tell Us: What’s So Great About Firefly?

    Help me out, and tell me what you love about the show.

    Remember when I put Firefly on a list of shows that Netflix should not try to revive, and Firefly fans went bonkers? I've been trying to watch the show as a sort of penance, but honestly, I keep falling asleep during the first episode. Please tell me what you love about Firefly so I can try to see it the same way you do.

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  11. Computers Can Read Your Dreams, Can’t Explain Your Clown Nightmares Just Yet

    Machines may be replacing us slowly, one human at a time, but at least we've still got our dignity, right? We've still got our dreams. Well, maybe not! Sure, computers can't take away your waking aspirations but now they are beginning to detect the dreams we have while sleeping. Worse, humans -- neuroscientists, of course -- are teaching them to do it! Even dreamland isn't safe anymore, but wait, maybe some good can still come from this.

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  12. Snooze Alarm: Friend or Foe? Watch This to Find Out

    Your alarm goes off. You reassess what time you really need to get out of bed that you decided the night before, and sleepily paw at your alarm clock until you find the snooze button. It only buys you a few more minutes, but boy howdy, are those some sweet, sweet minutes. The problem is that you usually feel worse after hitting snooze than when you first woke up. So is the snooze alarm really doing you any favors? It is not, and AsapSCIENCE explains why you should just wake up without hitting snooze.

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  13. 520 Days of Simulated Spaceflight Really Messes With Your Sleep Patterns

    There's been a lot of discussion about the obstacles that would have to be overcome before NASA could send humans to Mars. Food, fuel, radiation, and more have all been considered, but here's a new one to take into account: Sleep. A study done on six mock astronauts in a 520 day simulated mission to Mars showed signs of severely disrupted sleep patterns, and in space that could lead to muscle atrophy and bone loss.

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  14. Being an Insomniac Could be Bad for Your Bones

    A team of scientists led by Carol Everson at the Medical College of Wisconsin have found that rats regularly deprived of sleep suffer from both bone and bone marrow issues directly related to said lack of sleep. Has science found that staying up all night watching Netflix is bad for your skeleton?

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  15. Science Proves Sleep Learning Possible; “Learn French While You Sleep” CDs Still Useless

    Good news for the productivity-minded individual -- the eight hours a day you spend dead to the world in the comforting embrace of sleep is time you could be getting work done. Hooray? Well, maybe. While reading or learning another language while you catch some shut-eye is still the stuff of fantasy, new research from the Weizmann Institute suggests that learning in one's sleep may be a possibility, and that previous attempts just haven't used the right combination of senses to make our subconscious minds start paying attention. Researchers have now used sounds and smell to get sleeping brains to expect a combination of the two sensations without any input from the conscious mind, according to a study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

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  16. Never Before Heard News: Violent Cartoons and Late-Nigh Technology Will Keep Your Preschoolers Up at Night

    Assuming Direct Control

    A lot of us have memories of waking up early Saturday mornings and placing ourselves firmly in front of the television, overflowing bowls of Lucky Charms the only physical entities allowed between us and the TV set. It's practically a hallmark of being a child. A study by the Seattle Children's Research Institute, however, s saying that (shocker) the violence in some of these cartoons may have a negative effect on some of its younger viewers.

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  17. Study: Sleep Disorder Tied to Left-Handedness

    Though restful and entirely necessary for survival, sleep is an incredibly weird process. Stranger still are sleep disorders, like Periodic Limb Movement Disorder or PLMD. Those afflicted with this disorder frequently move or jerk their limbs while sleeping, leading to insomnia and tiredness. Scientists are still trying to learn why PLMD occurs, but a new study recently published in the journal Chest has linked the disorder to left-handedness. The study, carried out by Mohd Kanjwal and Dawn-Alita Hernandez, took a pool of 100 patients and grouped them by handedness. Of these, 84 were right handed and 16 left-handed. When looking at the instances of PLMD among their group, the researchers found that 69% of the right-handers suffered from PLMD while 94% of the left-handed patients showed signs of the disorder.

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  18. Study: Interrupted Sleep Harms Memory Development

    New research from a group at Stanford University has found that broken or interrupted sleep has a negative effect on the ability to build memories in mice. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, shows that disrupting the sleep of mice made it harder for them to recognize and identify objects that should have been familiar to them. To study the mice, the researchers interrupted their sleep but made sure that the amount of time sleeping was no shorter than normal. Using optogenetics, a technique where certain cells are genetically engineered to be controlled by light, the researchers targeted cells in the brain. The cells on which the researchers focused plays a critical role in switching the brain between the sleep and awake states. Light pulses were sent into the brains of the mice while they slept, to disrupt their sleep but not change their total sleep time or the quality or intensity of their sleep. The researchers then tested the mice memory by putting them in front of two objects, one new and one familiar. Mice whose sleep had been disrupted did not recognize either object, while mice who had slept undisturbed focused all their attention on the new object.

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  19. A Cool Brain Offers New Relief To Insomniacs

    Forget counting sheep. For many people, sleep doesn't come easily, and no combination of comfy bed, soothing sounds, warm milk, or even prescription medication will do the trick. But, people suffering from insomnia may have another option when it comes to sleep aids. According to new research, wearing a cap that cools the brain reduces the amount of time it takes insomniacs to fall asleep. The research was presented at the Sleep 2011 conference, the annual meeting of the Associated Profession of Sleep Studies. The cooling process, called frontal cerebral thermal transfer, was developed by Dr. Eric Nofzinger and Dr. Daniel Buysse from the Sleep Neuroimaging Research Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Cooling the brain is an effective way to help people with sleep difficulties because it slows metabolism in the frontal cortex, and insomnia is linked to increased metabolism in that area of the brain.

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  20. Study: Bright Screens Ruin Your Sleep

    If you're having trouble sleeping, it may be time to close the laptop and turn off the TV. That's the conclusion from a new study released by the National Sleep Foundation, which looked at the corolation between sleep and electronic devices. It seems the brightly lit displays so common on phones, computers, and televisions may be ruining our chances of a good night's sleep

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