Who doesn’t love to SLEEP?
Explore these topics about the relationship between sleep, life and health.
Turns out, we’re not that good at knowing when we’re sleep deprived. As sleep experts explain it, we quickly adapt to not getting the rest we need, in order to get through the day. Then we tell ourselves we don’t need eight hours of sleep—six will do just fine. But...read more
Like the animal kingdom itself, the world of animal sleep is both vast and incredibly varied. There are roughly 60,000 vertebrate species on Earth—and scientists have studied sleep in fewer than 100 of them. We know giraffes sleep about 30 minutes a day, in 5 minute...read more
We’re in the sweltering season now throughout the United States. Hot, humid temperatures make it difficult for many of us to sleep. This isn’t everyone. My husband has what I think is a strange affinity for warm nights. During our July 4 heatwave, he slept like a baby...read more
In the U.S., we’re celebrating Independence Day tomorrow, with fireworks and cookouts and those quiet moments when we remember what the day is there to mark: the ideals of liberty that drove our founding as a nation. My family will meet up with friends for a hike and...read more
Eating dinner al fresco, shopping at the local farmers’ market, picking dinner right from the garden—these are some of the simple joys of summer. Here in New England, we’re sticking rhubarb into pies and crumbles, and attempting to balance things out for our...read more
When it comes to parents’ sleep, there’s a lot of focus paid to mom. Don’t get me wrong: mothers’ sleep deserves all the attention it gets. But fathers face sleep challenges, too. And in the scientific world, they’re much less well investigated than moms’ sleep issues...read more
Some of my favorite memories from when I was a kid involve playing sports with my father. My dad and I faced off on the tennis court in the summer, and explored the woods around our house on cross-country skis all winter long. Dads who spend time being active with...read more
My husband and I recently went through a temporary “sleep divorce.” This is a term that’s often used to describe the growing practice of couples opting to sleep in separate beds, or bedrooms, to improve their nightly rest. I don’t know about you, but I’m not thrilled...read more
We all love date nights. They’re a chance to get out of the house, no kids in tow, and re-connect with our partners. If a little wine is involved, and sweatpants are not, all the better. But it’s what happens after date night that’s even more important to maintaining...read more
Is there a gender related difference in the need for sleep? Who needs more, but probably gets less? Not surprisingly, a Duke University study determined that women need more sleep than men. Why? Multi-tasking. Women tend to use more of their brain everyday than do...read more