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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Can you die if you don’t sleep?

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

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  • 10 Myths About Sleep

    10 Myths About Sleep

    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. See more »

  • 9 Tips to Stop Snoring

    9 Tips to Stop Snoring

    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. See more »

  • Body Works: Sleep Quiz

    Body Works: Sleep Quiz

    Some days, there's nothing like a good nap, even if you know it might keep you up into the wee hours of the night. Have you ever pondered the secrets of sleep? Take this quiz to learn all about sleep and those little jumping sheep. See more »

  • Can melatonin help you sleep better?

    Can melatonin help you sleep better?

    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? See more »

  • Can you die if you don’t sleep?

    Can you die if you don’t sleep?

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

  • How are sleep and heart disease related?

    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. See more »

  • How many hours of sleep do you really need?

    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? See more »

  • Is sleep that important?

    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? See more »

  • Why do we sleep?

    Why do we sleep?

    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? See more »

  • Why is coffee and a nap better than either by itself?

    Why is coffee and a nap better than either by itself?

    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. See more »

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