Sleep Basics

The Sleep Basics Channel explores the reasons we sleep and what happens when we don't. Learn about sleep basics to demystify this strange behavioral state.


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?

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.

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.

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.

We all know that a sleepless night can make us cranky in the morning. But did you know the other effects of sleep deprivation are far more serious than dark circles under your eyes and a short temper?

Researchers have had such a hard time trying to determine why we sleep that there's an old joke in the sleep scientist community: "We need sleep to cure sleepiness." Have they come up with any other theories?

Sleep deprivation affects your ability to function during the day. A thorough investigation of lifestyle, nutrition, stress management and symptoms can help you overcome the causes of sleep deprivation.

Sometimes, you just can't sleep. It might be a bad dream or a too-late cup of coffee or a list of worries, but whatever the reason, you're staring at the ceiling, wide awake. Will a melatonin supplement bring you blessed relief?

Getting enough sleep can reduce inflammation in the body, increase physical performance and help you live longer. Get more ideas on getting rested in this image gallery.

Are you trying to stop snoring, or get someone else to stop snoring? Take a look at these 9 tips to stop snoring for help getting peaceful sleep.

Go ahead. Take that power nap. Sleep in on Saturday. Snooze through the "Late Show with David Letterman" for a full eight hours of Zs. It's good for your heart.

Let's say the sandman forgets to come by and sprinkle you with some of his slumber dust. How much do you really need that repose?

How to fall asleep is a complex question that can affect every part of your daily routine. Learn how to hit the sweet spot in your sleep-wake cycle.

Learn about new drugs that can help fight fatigue. Will they really keep you alert and awake? Learn more sleep in this article.

Why do we sleep? What happens when we sleep? Learn more about sleep in this article.