Smartphones, Tablets Sabotaging Teens’ Sleep

Teens sleep less than they used to, sacrificing shuteye to spend more time on their phones and tablets. Experts say teens need at least nine hours of sleep a night to be engaged and productive during the day. Anything less can cause daytime sleepiness and interfere with school or daily activities. Faced with an array of tempting distractions, how much sleep are today’s teens actually getting? To find out, researchers analyzed a pair of long-term, national surveys of more than 360,000 eighth- through [...]

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A Soundtrack for Slumber: Max Richter’s 8-Plus-Hour Overnight ‘Sleep’ Concert

In a giant loft space with 160 beds overlooking downtown Manhattan, concertgoers came to experience the sounds of the live nightlong performance intended to help them hit “pause” and sleep, or not sleep, as they wished. Music and sleep have been connected in our minds ever since the sweet sounds of the lullaby first helped people drift off into slumber. And in fact research shows that listening to relaxing music before going to bed helps improve sleep quality in people who don’t [...]

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What Is Light Sleep vs. Heavy Sleep, and How Can You Get What You Need?

For some people, the slightest noise awakens them at night. For others, the wailing siren of a passing fire truck doesn’t disturb their slumber. Just why, though, remains a bit of a mystery. Although many people are self-proclaimed light sleepers or heavy sleepers, researchers have found that little is actually known about why people react differently to noises and other stimuli during sleep. Genetics, lifestyle choices, and undiagnosed sleep disorders may all play a role. In addition, some studies suggest that [...]

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12 Tricks for Waking Up Earlier in the Morning

1 / 12   When ‘Rise and Shine’ Is Easier Said Than Done Lots of people set the alarm with the best of intentions, knowing that’s the time they need to get up to meet the day’s demands. But then the alarm clock seems to ring way before they’re ready to rise, so they’re hitting snooze and, eventually, running late. Something’s got to give. The key lies inside your body. “An important factor in being able to wake up easily at the desired time [...]

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