Week in Sleep: The One Party We Can All Agree On

By Maggie Taylor  |  May 6, 2016
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…THE SLUMBER PARTY.

While you were keeping up with the election news, we kept up with these sleep stories. Everything you need to know to sleep soundly this weekend:

Students at top-ranked schools showed an intriguing pattern: They tend to fall asleep late, after 1 AM, compared to their counterparts further down the rankings. The more elite the college, the later the average bedtime. (Quartz)

According to psychologists from UC San Diego, sleep improves our ability to come up with creative solutions to problems by assisting the brain in flagging unrelated ideas and memories and forging connections among them. Just asked Larry Page. During a Michigan commencement address, he said he awoke and wrote down an algorithm that was then used to power Google. (Business Insider)

Scientists have gone to great lengths to study the way animals snooze, and what they’ve found is that almost every animal has its own version of sleep. However, lizards sleep, and potentially dream, like we do. In a recent study, researchers discovered that reptiles go through almost the same sleep stages as humans: slow-wave sleep, sharp waves, ripples and rapid eye movement. (CNN)

If you’ve ever attempted to drop a few pounds, then you know the amount of self-discipline needed to eat less each day, let alone the self-discipline needed to merely set that waffle down right this second, can be daunting. But, trust us: put down the waffles and pull up the covers. A new study shows how restricting your daily caloric intake may have other surprising long-term benefits on your sleep. Reducing calories will help you sleep better and increase your wake-up mood. (Van Winkle’s)

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