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Watching Earth From Space Is the Perfect Way to Fall Asleep

Tune into a far-away view of our big blue planet while calming music plays to soothe our ragged nocturnal souls. Was the secret to falling asleep in outer space all along?

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Animation Answers Your Morning Question: “What Would Happen If You Never Left Your Bed?”

Animated by Steven Lawson, directed and voiced by Pat Graziosi, and written by Kaylee Yuhas, this video makes you look at your mattress a little differently.

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The Internet Whips Out Their Kanye Best to Give Kanye West Some Kanye Rest

Kim Kardashian-West posted an amazing photo of Kanye West asleep with North West, and the internet uses Photoshop to place him in some funny situations.

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According to New Research, If You Love Social Media, You Probably Don’t Sleep Well

Social media usage correlates with sleeplessness, according to a new study, although it doesn't necessarily cause sleep troubles.

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Bill Nye Explaining Dreams With Emojis Is Classic Bill Nye the Science Guy

In the latest installment of Bill Nye's emoji series on Mashable Water Cooler (which has covered evolution, the internet, climate change, etc), Bill Nye covers the science of sleep and different kinds of sleep.

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Sleepytime Scientists Say Our Precious Machines Should Come With a “Bedtime Mode”

Today in "Carolyn's unhealthy habits," some concerned sleep scientists have released new research on the impact light-emitting devices have on the production of melatonin.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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