Neuroscientist Russell Foster describes sleep as “the single most important behavioral experience that we have.” He describes how our perception of sleep has changed over the course of human history — from that of an appreciated necessity in the 16th century to “a criminal waste of time” by the start of the 20th century. Dr. Foster describes the importance of sleep in memory consolidation and problem solving, and highlights the link between sleep deprivation and setbacks such as poor judgement, drug/alcohol consumption, weight gain, mental illness and even cancer.
Your mother was right–there’s more to sleep than just shutting your eyes and waking up the next day. We’ve taken a scientific look at this common but often misunderstood activity and examined the phases of sleep, sleep hygiene and some facts and figures to bring “the most important 1/3 of your life” into focus. Continue reading →
Are you getting enough sleep? It is a simple enough question, but men and women who do not spend sufficient time in dreamland often experience adverse effects at work or in the home without realizing the cause of their symptoms.
Sleep is essential for your brain to perform efficiently. If you regularly have difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep or are not sleeping for enough hours, drowsiness might be the least of your worries.
Almost everyone will be afflicted by short term sleeplessness during some point in their lives. High anxiety occasions such as moving house, relationship problems or drastic changes in your surroundings can all contribute to insomnia. While insomnia will not bring about any lasting health issues if experienced for a short period of time, extended sleep deficiency can lead to serious health problems both mentally and physically. Continue reading →
There are few things in life more satisfying than a good night’s sleep. Not only is sleep restful, it also gives our body the needed time to perform routine maintenance, repair itself and form long term memories. But how much do we really know about sleep? Better yet, how much do we THINK we know? Check out these 5 popular myths about sleep that we might once have accepted as scientific facts. Continue reading →