Want to fall asleep faster? Try this 5-minute technique

Before you reach for another glass of warm milk, read this. 

It has happened to most of us: being hit with a slew of worries, stresses, and knowledge of what we have to do tomorrow just when we want to go to bed. The resultant strain is made worse when we realize that each moment spent thinking is one less to sleep in. The problem is familiar to the one-third of Americans who report difficulty falling asleep more than one night a week. As sleep deprivation can be the cause of a myriad of health problems, the search for a good night's sleep is one that takes on tremendous importance.

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Scientists finally know why sleep deprivation leads to mental sluggishness

Scientists didn’t know why the sleep deprived experienced cognitive lapses, until now.

Few things are worse for your health than long-term sleep deprivation. The sleep deprived have a higher risk of quite a number of conditions including heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and depression. Lack of sleep also has a deleterious effect on the brain, particularly on memory and cognition.

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Mind & Brain

Study Shows How Late-Night Tweeting Causes Professional Athletes To Drop the Ball

A recent study shows that NBA players performed worse in games where they had spent the previous night staying up late and Tweeting.

Photo: Getty Images – Kevin Durant goes up for a dunk

A recent study, published in the online supplement of the journal Sleep, shows that NBA players performed worse in games when they had Tweeted between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m the previous night.

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Mind & Brain

With Polyphasic Sleep, You Can Thrive on as Little as Two Hours per Night

Nikola Tesla, Franz Kafka, and Winston Churchill all practiced polyphasic sleep. 

 

Sleeping woman.

According to the National Institutes of Health, we spend about 26 years of our life asleep, one-third of the total. The latest research states that between 6.4 and 7.5 hours of sleep per night is ideal for most people. But some need more and others less. A contingent out there, mostly women, do surprisingly well on just six hours.

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