Sleep and Dreams

Fall asleep, stay asleep and find out why it's important to sleep. You can also learn why some people take walks or eat while they sleep.


Even if the film is full of blasting bombs and flashing lights, it might not be enough to stop some folks from nodding off.

A new study links sleeping in on the weekends with an increased likelihood of heart disease.

The pressure of weighted blankets is said to help alleviate stress and anxiety. Is that true?

Imagine how much more you could get accomplished if you didn’t waste all that time sleeping, and just napped in short bursts through the day. Is that feasible?

They're not hallucinations, but they're not just regular nightmares, either.

Don't worry, you'll grow out of it – unless you're among the tiny percent of adults who still experience horrific sleep visions. Learn all about night terrors at HowStuffWorks.

Researchers have discovered that the human brain essentially sleeps with one eye open during the first night in a new spot.

Arianna Huffington's new book on sleep got us thinking about how to get better zzzs. Could lowering the thermostat work for you, too?

A new product uses sound waves to block the noise created by snorers. But does it really work?

Scientists have found a way to send mice tumbling into REM sleep almost instantly. And that could have big implications for sleep research.

If you're aware you're dreaming and you face certain death, does the real you die when the dream you does? It's a mind-bending question.

Are you up with the birds or burning the midnight oil? Or somewhere in between? The reason why you love getting up early, or hate it, has a lot to do with genetics.

You probably already know that you don't get as much sleep as you need, but how much is enough?

Many of us who occasionally sacrifice sleep in favor of other tasks suffer the physical and mental side effects the next day. But what would happen if you never slept again?

Imagine how much you could get done without the need for sleep. An extra six to eight hours every day seems like a dream come true. Has the future arrived? Are we ready to embark on a waking life? Read this to find out.

When you start feeling sleepy, nothing perks you up better than a quick nap or cup of coffee. But did you know combining the two, even though it feels like a contradiction, gives you an even bigger boost? Here's why.

Feel like sleep deprivation will be the death of you? It just might be, but perhaps you can curtail this devastating situation.

Everybody sleeps, so you'd think we'd all be experts on dozing. But it turns out, there are some persistent myths that are keeping us from getting the best possible rest.

Insomnia can feel like torture, but can it be fatal? The answer is yes, but it's an incredibly rare neurodegenerative disease, normally passed down genetically.

You know you're not yourself when you don't get enough sleep, but what really happens to your body when the sandman refuses to visit?

Can't sleep? Tossing and turning? Join the crowd. Insomnia is all too common -- but what's keeping so many people from getting the rest they need?

For some people, medications or herbal supplements can be the answer to sleep problems — if you know the right one. This guide will help you and your doctor make the decision that's right for you.

Groggy, gravelly, grumpy. Most of us feel glum when we're running on too little sleep, but not sleeping enough has implications beyond our general mood.

Research shows that when we've had too little sleep, our brain activity makes us overly optimistic, so we make some bad choices.

The statistics are alarming: According to the World Association of Sleep Medicine, about 45 percent of the world's population isn't getting enough sleep.