Matthew Walker, author of the new book Why We Sleep, is on a mission. Elucidating the many benefits of sleep, he’s out to persuade us that the key to health, attainment, and longevity lies in 8 hours of shut-eye every night.
Use of the familiar 8-hour yardstick as a measure of sleep need may give insomnia sufferers pause. We’d be happy to sleep 8 hours a night . . . if only we could.
Don’t let Walker’s prescriptiveness stand in the way of reading his book. Its appeal rests on the author’s account of discoveries relating to the wonderful things sleep does for us—which should be of interest to us all.
People sometimes ask whether chronic insomnia is mainly a physiological or a psychological problem. Often it’s both.
Certain beliefs about sleep can interfere with getting a good night’s rest. A reality check can help you sort out truth from myth, which in turn may help you sleep.
You’ve heard the advice to get 8 hours of sleep a night? Now they’re saying that 7 hours is the optimal amount of sleep–which may not be very cheering for most people with insomnia. Still our nights do not measure up.
If you have persistent insomnia, and if you fall short of the recommended 7 or 8 hours, it’s natural to wonder if you’re getting enough sleep. Here’s how to get a good sense of how much sleep you really need.
I recently joined a friend to watch Cloud Atlas at her home. A bad choice for evening entertainment! This is a movie where evil is lurking around every corner.
New research on laboratory mice suggests why arousing activities have such a strong impact on sleep.
The thinking on teen sleepiness is getting complicated these days. On one hand, there’s reason to believe that American teens should get more sleep than they actually do.
On the other hand, a new review of literature published this month in the journal Sleep suggests the issue of children’s sleep need is far from settled.
Scientists have never found a way to determine how much sleep each person needs, so judgments about sleep need remain subjective.
But there is quite a range in sleep ability, or how much sleep people report that they get.