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?

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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What Happens When Your Brain Doesn’t Sleep?

We have reported before about how important sleep is for good brain function and long-term cognitive health, as well as some proven ways to improve your sleep. But what happens when your brain doesn't sleep? Here is a fun, in-depth...
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Hans Selye: The Discovery of Stress

G.A.S. Spells Stress As with so many wondrous discoveries of science and medicine, it was by chance that Hungarian-born Hans Selye (1907-1982) stumbled upon the idea of the General Adaptation Syndrome (G.A.S.), which he first wrote about in the British...
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Our Enigmatic Internal Clocks

The Early Days of Jet Lag In the mid 1950s, United States Secretary of State John Foster Dulles flew to Cairo, Egypt to negotiate a treaty for the construction of the Aswan Dam. Dulles and the U.S. were competing with...
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The Sleeping Brain

We spend 1/3 of our lives asleep, and most people treat it as a highly enjoyable activity. We speak gleefully of "sleeping in on Sunday," and parents of newborn infants often talk of sleep the way a man lost in...
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