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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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Is sleep that important?

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?


Do Weighted Blankets Help With Sleep?

The pressure of weighted blankets is said to help alleviate stress and anxiety. Learn if there's any truth to the claim at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

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

Fw:Thinking’s Jonathan Strickland digs into polyphasic sleep and what might help us sleep in the future. See more »

I Used My Chronotype Info to Revamp My Life: Here's What Happened

A new book says living life according to your chronotype gets you closer to happiness. A HowStuffWorks Now writer decides to test it out. See more »

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

Researchers learned that the human brain basically sleeps with one eye open during the first night in a new spot. Learn more at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

One Simple Way to Get More Sleep: Lower the Thermostat

What's the ideal temperature for sleep? HowStuffWorks Now explores where you should set your thermostat for better asleep. See more »

Could This Snore-canceling Device Save Your Relationship?

Inventors have a new product called the Silent Partner that they say blocks out snoring noises. HowStuffWorks Now looks at whether it works. See more »

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

Scientists have discovered a "switch" for REM sleep. Learn more about the REM sleep switch at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

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

Some people are early birds while others are clearly night owls. But why is that? Learn about the science behind early birds and night owls. See more »

How many hours of sleep do you really need?

You may not get as much sleep as you need, but how much is enough? Find out how many hours of sleep you really need at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Will you die if you never sleep?

Sleep deprivation can have many side effects, but is death one of them? Find out if you can die if you never sleep at HowStuffWorks. See more »