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Humans Don’t Hibernate But Do Need More Sleep in Winter

“…humans experience longer REM sleep in winter than summer and less deep sleep in autumn.” via SciTechDaily image: Claudio_Scott-Pixabay Analysis of patients undergoing sleep studies finds that people get more REM sleep in the winter. Whether we’re night owls or morning larks, our body clocks are set by the sun. Theoretically, changing day length and light exposure over the course … Continue reading

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Large-Scale Study Shows The Moon Exerts a Powerful Influence on How We Sleep

“In the new research, the results appear to confirm that lunar cycles do have a significant and detectable influence on human sleep…” By PETER DOCKRILL via Science Alert Sleep is one of the most vital things a human does, but millions of us don’t do enough of it. Some of the distractions that prevent us from getting enough sleep are … Continue reading

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Woman Claims She Hasn’t Slept in over 40 Years

“While this might seem implausible, nobody has actually seen her sleep.” via Unexplained-Mysteries A woman in China maintains that she hasn’t needed to close her eyes and go to sleep in over four decades. For most of us, several days without sleep would leave us barely able to function, yet for Li Zhanying – a woman from Henan, China – … Continue reading

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What Does the Sleeping Brain Think About?

via University of Geneva Headline Image: © UNIGE, Virginie Sterpenich Thanks to a unique system that decodes brain activity during sleep, a UNIGE team is deciphering the neuronal mechanisms of memory consolidation. We sleep on average one third of our time. But what does the brain do during these long hours? Using an artificial intelligence approach capable of decoding brain … Continue reading

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Octopus Study Reveals Sleep Cycles and Similarities with Humans

“A study by researchers in Brazil published on Thursday shows that this animal, already considered perhaps the smartest invertebrate, experiences two major alternating sleep states eerily similar to those in humans – and it even might dream.” People actually boil these creatures alive 🙁 By Will Dunham Reuters The octopus is an extraordinary creature – and not only because of … Continue reading

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Scientists Develop Method for Two-Way Communication While People are in Deep Sleep

If this becomes some kind of normal thing, I wonder if there is (or will be) some sort of agreement that has to be agreed to before entering someone’s mind/dream… Illustration: © Orange Fox from Pixabay via RT: While not quite on par with ‘Inception,’ researchers from Northwestern University have discovered a new phenomenon they describe as “interactive dreaming,” in … Continue reading

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Phases of the Moon Dictate our Sleep Patterns, Says Study

via wionews: Our sleep patterns are affected by the pushes and the pulls of moon tides, as per the latest study published in Science Advances. The findings of the study reflect that in the days leading up to the full moon, people go to bed later and sleep less. A lunar cycle takes 29.5 days to complete. Changes in each … Continue reading

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Sleep Scientist Warns ‘Catastrophic’ Lack of Sleep in Modern Society is Killing Us

‘I take my sleep incredibly seriously because I have seen the evidence,’ says Professor Matthew Walker A “catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic” is causing a host of potentially fatal diseases, a leading expert has said. In an interview with the Guardian, Professor Matthew Walker, director of the Centre for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley, said that sleep deprivation … Continue reading

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Hidden Epidemic of Dream Deprivation Caused by Sleep Deprivation

At the bottom of many of the health issues attributed to sleep loss lies a hidden epidemic of dream loss, according to a newly published review of data. The paper, by Rubin Naiman, PhD, a sleep and dream specialist at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, describes the diverse factors that cause rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and … Continue reading

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Six Scientific Mysteries that We Still Haven’t Solved

Humans have made a staggering amount of scientific and technological progress over the past century. We’ve created technology that has transformed our society; scientific advances have helped us answer fundamental questions about who we are and the world that we inhabit. And, yet, mysteries persist. Why are we compelled to sleep every night? Why are we still not able to … Continue reading

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