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Human hibernation? Brain ‘snooze button’ could help astronauts survive long-term space travel

Simon Makin | 
The mechanisms that control torpor and other hypothermic states—in which body temperatures drop below 37 degrees Celsius—are largely unknown. Two ...
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Understanding brain states: How your mind functions when tired, versus wired on caffeine

Samantha Debes | 
Ever wonder what happens in your brain to make the switch between down-and-out tired, and borderline over-caffeinated? As it turns ...
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While you sleep, your brain decides which memories to keep, and which ones go to ‘the garbage bin’

Kamila Kourbanova | 
We don’t remember every detail of our lives: Our brains decide which events are important for long-term storage and which ...
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If naps don’t work for you, it could be genetics

Allison Hirchlag | 
Naturally, I’ve always been a little jealous of the people who take naps and wake up feeling like a million ...

Autistic children often have trouble sleeping. Melatonin may help, study says

Laura Dattaro | 
Melatonin is safe for long-term use in autistic children who have difficulty sleeping, according to a new study. The study ...
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Trouble sleeping? Your children may experience the same problems, study suggests

Siw Ellen Jakobsen | 
Researchers have long known that severe sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, are hereditary. But what about common sleep problems, ...
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Manipulating our internal clocks could lead to treatments for mood disorders, obesity—and even aging

Tom Siegfried | 
Medicines and other small molecules may play a role in fixing rhythms gone awry ...
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Can you hack your sleep cycle for a better night’s rest?

Edd Gent | 
Sleep has become the latest frontier in the life-hackers’ battle for self-improvement. But how easy is to to rewire how you ...
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Sleep disturbances may make you susceptible to anxiety disorders

Studies in healthy human volunteers have shown how a sleepless night can increase anxiety levels by 30%. In some participants ...
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Deep sleep may be critical to flushing out your brain’s ‘toxic waste’

Simon Makin | 
Why sleep has restorative—or damaging—effects on cognition and brain health has been an enduring mystery in biology. Researchers think cerebrospinal ...
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Could a pill make you need less sleep? This genetics research suggests it could happen

Karen Weintraub | 
We all wish we could get by on less sleep, but one father and son actually can—without suffering any health ...
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Why is it so hard to think straight when you’re tired? Here’s what’s going on in your brain

Emily Willingham | 
Most of us could use more sleep. We feel it in our urge for an extra cup of coffee and ...

Battling insomnia with a host of high-tech hacks. Do they work?

Charlotte Jee | 
In the US alone, [there’s] 82 million people who struggle with sleep. Given those figures, it’s no wonder there are ...
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‘Short sleepers’: People with this genetic mutation need less sleep than the rest of us

Katherine Harmon | 
[T]hanks to a mother and daughter who share a rare genetic mutation—and who routinely need just six hours of sleep ...
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Alzheimer’s disease and drowsiness: Link could help us determine where the disease first attacks the brain

Laura Sanders | 
Alzheimer’s disease destroys command centers in the brain that keep people awake. That finding could explain why the disease often ...
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Sleep easy: Late-night surfing on your smartphone unlikely to damage your internal clock

Ed Cara | 
People who only occasionally fall down an internet rabbit hole on their smartphones late at night might be able to ...
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Sleep may have originated underwater 450 million years ago

Tina Saey | 
No one should have to sleep with the fishes, but new research on zebrafish suggests that we sleep like them.  ...

Night owls may have a greater risk of breast cancer, study says. But altering sleep habits is unlikely to change that.

Nina Avramova | 
Sleep traits could be a risk factor for breast cancer, new research suggests. Women who said they preferred to get ...
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Microsleep: What happens to our brains when we’re both awake and asleep?

Megan Schmidt | 
During microsleep, parts of the brain go offline for a few seconds while the rest of the brain stays awake ...
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Tired of being a night owl? You may be able to trick your body into changing its ways

Ed Cara | 
If you envy people who wake up with the Sun, but you can’t seem to get to bed until well ...

Dream quest: Why you can’t remember your dreams—and how you can change that

Stephen Dowling | 
For many of us, dreams are an almost intangible presence. If we’re lucky, we can only remember the most fleeting ...
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Gene mutation could explain why children with autism have trouble falling asleep

Judith Van Dongen | 
Up to 80 percent of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience sleep problems. The source of these problems has ...
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Why loss of sleep is ‘having a catastrophic impact on our health’

Emily Dreyfuss | 
According to neuroscientist Matthew Walker, I'm doing serious damage to my health—and life—by not sleeping enough. "The decimation of sleep ...
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Podcast: How a bad night’s sleep can damage your DNA

Brady Holmer, Kevin Folta, Lior Appelbaum | 
On this episode of Talking Biotech, University of Florida researchers Kevin Folta and Brady Holmer tackle two pressing questions in ...
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Sleep deprived brains might be more susceptible to Alzheimer’s

Aimee Cunningham | 
A sleep-deprived brain is awash in excess amounts of not one but two proteins whose bad behavior is implicated in ...
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Why do so many of us dream about flying, falling or being chased?

Belinda Smith | 
Most of us experience these so-called "typical dreams" during our lifetime. Around three-quarters of people dream of falling, for instance, and that ...

Your genes may affect how much you exercise and sleep

James Ives | 
Time spent sitting, sleeping and moving is determined in part by our genes, University of Oxford researchers have shown. In ...
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