Week in Sleep: Slept All Week

By Alyse Borkan  |  Apr 29, 2016
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While you were catching up on your zzz’s, we caught up on these sleep stories. Everything you need to know to sleep soundly this weekend:

“Sleep hackers” have tried to accomplish more and sleep less using a method called “polyphasic sleep.” In splitting the traditional eight-hour nocturnal block into smaller chunks, they manage to squeeze more hours into each waking day. But how do you do it and does it actually work? (Deadspin)

How much do CEOs sleep? As an entrepreneur or CEO, sleep is critical to making decisions and functionally efficiently throughout the day. Yet, at the same time, there’s a pervasive attitude that a successful entrepreneur is up late working, running on caffeine more than sleep. (Entrepreneur)

People who sustain a concussion or a more severe traumatic brain injury are likely to have sleep problems that continue for at least a year and a half. A study of 31 patients with this sort of brain injury found that 18 months afterward, they were still getting, on average, an hour more sleep each night than similar healthy people were getting. (NPR)

Can optogenetics help you sleep better? (Wired)

Bearded dragons — they’re just like us! They love their facial-hair trends. They struggle with social hierarchies (lizard cliques are the worst). And, they sleep in stages, a claim that would have earned a resounding “staaahhpp it” until, well, now. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research recently found that bearded dragons, aka pogona lizards, experience a simpler version of human “brain sleep.” Their discovery suggests that human sleep could have much deeper evolutionary roots than previously thought. (Van Winkle’s)

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