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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.

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How are sleep and heart disease related?

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.


Do Weighted Blankets Help With Sleep?

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

Sleeping Just a Few Hours Sounds Great, But Could It Work?

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?

First Night in a New Place? One Brain Half Will Stay Up and Keep Watch

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

One Simple Way to Get More Sleep: Lower the Thermostat

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

Could This Snore-canceling Device Save Your Relationship?

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

The Nightmare Is Over: Researchers Discover the Switch for REM Sleep

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

Why are some people early birds and others are night owls?

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.

How many hours of sleep do you really need?

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

Will you die if you never sleep?

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?

Will we learn to live without sleep?

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.