Week in Sleep: It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Bedtime

By Alyse Borkan  |  Dec 26, 2015
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While you were staying up late waiting for Santa, we stayed up to date with these sleep stories. Everything you need to know to sleep soundly this weekend:

Are successful people’s sleep patterns giving them a leg-up on average people? “Successful” people get more shut-eye than you might expect, with more than 50 percent of 21 surveyed clocking in at 6-8 hours every night. (NPR)

The new “anti-earthquake bed” is scarier than an actual quake. When the bed detects a seismic shakeup, you immediately fall into a compartment that protects and secures you from the damage of the quake. (Van Winkle’s)

Did you lose a day or two of work last year because you slept poorly the night before? You’re far from alone, according to new results from the World Sleep Survey. full-time employees in the U.S. lose an average of seven days of work per year due to poor-quality sleep. And those who report that their sleep is of “less than average” quality lose more than 13 days. (Fast Company)

On Christmas Day in the United States, Americans wake up around 7:35 a.m. on average. They might be envious of Brazilians, who have languid Christmas mornings and whose average wake-up time is 9:09 a.m. The difference seems to be whether a country’s main holiday celebration is on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (or not at all) — and that can be traced to religious tradition. (The New York Times)

As more individuals wake up to the importance of sleep, scientists are continuing to learn more about the mechanics of sleep and the necessity of a good night’s rest for physical and mental health, productivity, cognitive function, psychological well-being and longevity. The Huffington Post looked back at eight of the most important things we learned about the science of sleep this year. (The Huffington Post)

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