Week in Sleep: 3, 2, 1, HIBERNATE

By Maggie Taylor  |  Jan 22, 2016
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While you were preparing for the blizzard, we caught up on these sleep stories. Everything you need to know to sleep soundly this weekend:

From smart pajamas to Apple’s ‘Night Shift’ mode to wearable snooze tech, sleep gadgets are the new black. Though humans spend one third of life sleeping, some sleep researchers believe gadgets like these could reduce that. Researchers suggest we could evolve to need less shuteye by using comfort-boosting technology to optimize our sleep. (Motherboard)

Snooze button, shmooze button. Dr.Eamonn A. Vitt, M.D. of Columbia University suggests that the snooze button puts your body through the repeated stress of transitioning from sleep to wak ad nauseam (and ad delirium). Vitt suggests abandoning the snooze button altogether will eventually lead to an easier morning… a snooze-ectomy if you will. (Vogue)

According to the CDC, between 50 million and 70 million US adults have some kind of sleep disorder (whether insomnia, apnea, or narcolepsy). This troubled slumber is linked to increased risk of everything — from car accidents to chronic illnesses. The CDC now suggests that it might be your diet that is to blame for these restless nights. The more sugar, the more restless, unhealthy sleep. (Mother Jones)

One study suggests that sleep and attention may have co-evolved. During rest, the brain performs important upkeep, shutting down certain functions so it can focus on such tasks as repairing our muscles, cementing memories and clearing the unnecessary junk that accumulates during the day. This potentially regulates the impact of attention during the day and tasks that require more attention drive the need for more sleep intensity. Basically, sleep and focus are essential to each other. (Van Winkles)

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