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The Two-Week Sleep Experiment: Everything I Learned From Getting My Full Eight Hours a Night

As groundbreaking personal statements go, ‘I never get enough sleep’ ranks somewhere down there with ‘I enjoy music!’ and ‘I like going out – but also staying in’. It’s the modern default. Because nobody does, right? Unless you’re under 10, over 70 or live on a farm with no wi-fi, you’re probably not getting enough sleep. I was one of those people. I decided to embark on a two-week experience to learn how to get eight hours of shut-eye a night.

Classic Hacks: Try A Weekend Afternoon Nap To Catch Up On Sleep

There’s always a temptation to sleep late on the weekends, especially after a long week of not quite getting enough sleep. However mucking with your regular weekday sleep schedule is only going to make you more tired on Monday morning, no matter how much sleep you try to catch up on.

How I Restored My Sleeping Habits By Spending A Weekend Without Clocks

I’ve tried nearly every trick imaginable to get more restful sleep. For a long time, nothing worked: not a regular bedtime, herbal supplements, turning computers off before bed or even a weekend away from work.

Ask LH: How Can I Adjust My Sleep Schedule For A Really Early Start?

Dear LH, I have recently received a promotion at my work, hooray! However, my new role comes with adjusted working hours – instead of the usual 9-6, I am now working from 6:30 – 4:30 (occasionally with overtime to 5:30). Given commute times and how long it takes me to get functioning in the morning, I estimate I probably need to get up around 4:45am. How can I adjust my body clock to this new regime and still have the time and energy to see family and friends late at night?

How Being Tired Affects Your Thinking And Performance

Something I notice every time I get really tired is that I become really clumsy. When I find I’ve dropped several cups, bumped my knee on a desk and opened a door into my face in the space of a couple of hours, that’s usually a sign that I’m overtired.

Counting Sheep Doesn't Actually Work, And Other Misconceptions About Sleep

We’ve written a lot about sleep — from how a lack of sleep can undermine your weight loss and productivity to how sleeping too much can be counterproductive. Still, misconceptions about sleep persist. This video by Mental Floss helps clear up a few of them.

The Secrets Of Highly Efficient Napping

Not all naps are created equal. Some naps have been shown to rejuvenate where others boost creativity. What’s more, when you nap can be as important as how you nap. Here’s how to nap like a professional, nap-taking machine. Here’s how to nap like you MEAN IT.

The Best Use Of A Fitbit Is As An Alarm Clock, Not An Activity Tracker

The Fitbit is a great activity tracker. It can keep track of your steps, sleep, and activity level, but its best use isn’t tracking your activity at all: It’s as a silent alarm clock, one that gently buzzes you awake and won’t wake anyone else in your house or in bed next to you when it’s time to get up.

Five Pieces Of Sleep Science You Need To Know

The act of sleeping is critical for mental and physiological health. Sadly, most of us get well under eight hours per night, which is the amount recommended by most sleep specialists. Here are five most important things you need to know in order to make the resting hours you do get count.

How Midday Napping Improves Productivity [Infographic]

Co-called “nanna naps” are often seen as a sign of weakness or the onset of doddering old age. However, there is mounting scientific evidence to suggest that daytime slumber can improves health, productivity and general well-being. This infographic explains the biological reasoning behind short snatches of sleep, along with different napping styles to help you find the perfect technique for catching afternoon Zs.

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