Without enough sleep, we lose our ability to concentrate and to function. Why is that so? Why is sleep so essential to our brains and to our lives?

The Dreaming Brain

From a subjective viewpoint, it can be difficult to believe that dreams have any deep meaning. One of my most memorable dreams involved the actor Tom Selleck, a sea monster and a talking duck. If this was supposed to be...
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Sleeping In: Teens’ Circadian Clocks Keep Their Own Time. Should Schools Adapt?

"There are always some students who can't get the motor running," says Gregory Downs, an instructor at DePaul University and former high school teacher. "Some of them have been up until one in the morning, and they struggle to be...
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The Drug of Choice: Caffeine and the Brain

Centuries of Craving Caffeine, particularly in the form of tea and coffee, has enjoyed a long history of adoration and exaltation the world over, dating back nearly 5000 years to ancient China. When coffee was introduced in Europe in the...
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Sleepyheads’ brains veer from restful path

Does sleep affect learning potential? New evidence is adding to scientific concern over the effects of widespread sleep deficits. A good night's sleep seems to clear the brain and help the well-snoozed individual negotiate the flow of daily affairs. In...
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How Long to Nap?

Naps are a great source of comfort for some.  The biggest question being how long should I nap and what benefits are derived from these naps.  Here are some guidelines: 10 to 20 minutes This power nap is ideal for...
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