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.

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How Sleep Consolidates Our Memories

A new study determined it takes a split second for our brains to replay and store certain memories when we sleep.

Can Military Meditation Techniques Help You Fall Asleep Fast?

Americans are deprived of sleep. And it's becoming a public health crisis. Could the military really help out?

Does Sleeping On Your Side Stop Snoring?

If you sleep with someone who snores, you may've read that you should wake them up and have them turn on their side to stop the problem. But does it work?

Why Socks Help You Sleep Better

Wearing socks to bed may not look sexy, but it can be a lifesaver at helping you fall asleep faster.

More Bad News for People With Insomnia

A new study just found the sleeping disorder could make you gain weight. Awesome.

Why Are You So Tired? 5 Most Common Sleep Mistakes

Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? We'll give you the most common reasons why you're tired and how to fix them.

Yes, You Can Catch Up On Your Sleep!

Experts have long advised people to get up at the same time each day for better sleep long-term. But a new study is great news for people who like to sleep in on their days off.

Pulling Off the Perfect Power Nap

Most sleep experts recommend a nap of 20 to 30 minutes in the afternoon, but some say that longer naps bring about significant improvement in creative problem-solving.

Being a Night Owl Can Shorten Your Life

Not getting enough quality sleep can take a serious toll on your mental and physical well-being. It can also shorten your life.

Why Some People Can't Sleep Without a Fan

Are you one of those people who can't fall asleep without the sound of a fan? The reason may have something to do with your "sleep spindles."

Why Do People Fall Asleep in Movie Theaters?

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

Social Jet Lag May Be Bad for Your Heart

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

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?

How Fever Dreams Work

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

How Night Terrors Work

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.

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.

Can lucid dreams kill you?

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.

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.


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