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Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Oct 09, 2019. 13 comments

Does My Smartwatch's Sleep Tracker Actually Do Anything?

Does My Smartwatch's Sleep Tracker Actually Do Anything?

For most of my adult life, I didn’t really think about sleep: It was just an activity that my body required, for about six to eight hours a night, in order to not feel like garbage the next day. Rarely did I pause to consider the quality of my rest or whether my sleep patterns were “normal.” That is, until I was gifted a Fitbit Charge 3.

Now, just about every morning, I open my phone’s...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Oct 01, 2019. 1 comments

U.S. Workers Are Getting Less Sleep Than 10 Years Ago, Study Finds

U.S. Workers Are Getting Less Sleep Than 10 Years Ago, Study Finds

That many people don’t get enough sleep is hardly news, but a recent study suggests that sleep deprivation is getting worse in the U.S., especially for people with high-pressure jobs in medicine, law enforcement, and transportation.

There’s been plenty of research suggesting that people generally aren’t getting as much sleep as they ought to be. But according to Jagdish Khubchandani, a public...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 23, 2019.

Checking Your Phone at Night Won't Necessarily Throw Off Your Internal Clock, Mouse Study Finds

Checking Your Phone at Night Won't Necessarily Throw Off Your Internal Clock, Mouse Study Finds

People who only occasionally fall down an internet rabbit hole on their smartphones late at night might be able to rest easier—at least according to the results of a new study in mice. Researchers found that short bursts of light exposure at night won’t necessarily disrupt your internal clock, including sleep habits.

The researchers used mice to study the circadian rhythm. In both mice and...

Ed Cara Ed Cara Jun 11, 2019. 16 comments

How to Quickly Trick Yourself Out of Being a Night Owl

How to Quickly Trick Yourself Out of Being a Night Owl

If you envy people who wake up with the Sun, but you can’t seem to get to bed until well after midnight, some new research might help change your habits. An intriguing (but small) study suggests that it’s possible to retrain yourself to go to sleep earlier in just three weeks, without any drugs or other drastic actions involved. Shifting to an earlier sleep schedule could keep your mind and...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song May 22, 2019. 8 comments

This $600 Sleep Robot Is Only Worth it if You're Tired and Alone

This $600 Sleep Robot Is Only Worth it if You're Tired and Alone

If you’ve suffered the throes of chronic insomnia, you’ll do almost anything to fall asleep. Pills, guided meditation apps, vigorous exercise, melatonin, screen dimmers, aromatherapy diffusers, sleep tracking via fitness tracker, smart beds, bedtime calculators—at some point or another, I’ve tried them all and probably spent an absurd amount of money in the pursuit of a restful night. So...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara May 01, 2019. 15 comments

Sleep Drugs Like Ambien Will Get a New FDA Warning About Potentially Fatal Side Effects

Sleep Drugs Like Ambien Will Get a New FDA Warning About Potentially Fatal Side Effects

The Food and Drug Administration is forcing certain sleep drugs to carry a deadly serious warning about the rare, frightening side effects they can cause. The side effects, which have reportedly caused serious injuries and even deaths, include sleepwalking and other intricate behaviors done while a person is sleeping or not fully awake, like driving and cooking.

The new black box warning—the...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Apr 26, 2019. 3 comments

No Screen Time for Kids Under 2, WHO Says

No Screen Time for Kids Under 2, WHO Says

The World Health Organization is coming out strong against letting young kids watch TV or play with smartphones, and is pushing parents to help their kids stay active and get enough sleep.

This week, the global public health agency released its recommendations on the amount of physical activity and sleep children under the age of five should get in order to be as healthy as possible. The...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Mar 29, 2019. 9 comments

Here Is an Important Scientific Study About How Animals Relax

Here Is an Important Scientific Study About How Animals Relax

Scientists have determined that the way an animal rests—reclining on its back, sprawling on its belly, standing up, or sitting, is determined by primarily by its size. But more importantly, the study authors have provided a large selection of images of animals luxuriating in various ways, and they are delightful.

Scientists agree that rest is important, either for “physical recuperation” or...

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David Nield David Nield Mar 24, 2019. 7 comments

How to Upgrade Your Morning Alarm Clock Experience on Your Phone

How to Upgrade Your Morning Alarm Clock Experience on Your Phone

Many of you probably get up every day with the help of an alarm on your smartphone. But are you using your phone’s alarm to its full potential, or settling for the standard default ringtone at a certain time and leaving it at that? These are the tricks, the apps, and the gadgets that can upgrade your wake-up experience.

The Clock app on Android

The Clock app that comes with Android recently...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Mar 02, 2019. 9 comments

Snoozing Late on the Weekends Won't Make Up for Your Sleep-Deprived Weeknights

Snoozing Late on the Weekends Won't Make Up for Your Sleep-Deprived Weeknights

Sleeping in late on the weekends won’t protect you from the ravages of barely sleeping during the work week, suggests a new study. While extra weekend sleeping did temporarily help volunteers eat lighter and better control their blood sugar, the health benefits went away as soon as they started not sleeping much again. In some ways, they were even worse off than people who consistently slept...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Feb 27, 2019. 17 comments

Parents Can Expect Less Sleep for the First Six Years of Their Child’s Life

Parents Can Expect Less Sleep for the First Six Years of Their Child’s Life

Moms and dads shouldn’t expect their sleep habits to bounce back to the way they were before kids for at least the first six years of their child’s life, according to a new long-term study involving nearly 5,000 parents.

When my own children were very young, I convinced myself that my sleep would never return to the way it was before I became a parent. The good ol’ days of uninterrupted nights...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 25, 2019. 10 comments

Even Adults Sleep Better After Being Rocked to Sleep

Even Adults Sleep Better After Being Rocked to Sleep

A pair of new studies just might make you pine for the old days of being cradled by your parents. For both mice and healthy young people, the studies found, a gentle rocking motion before and during sleep resulted in a deeper slumber. And in humans, the rocking even seemed to improve their memory skills afterward.

Most any person who’s had a crying child in their arms knows that rocking seems...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Dec 18, 2018. 16 comments

Seattle Experiment Shows Later School Start Times Can Help Teens Get More Sleep

Seattle Experiment Shows Later School Start Times Can Help Teens Get More Sleep

Here’s some refreshing good news, courtesy of a new study released last week in Science Advances. Teens in Seattle got more sleep, were less tardy, and even did better in class after schools across the area delayed their start times by about an hour.

While many people deal with chronic sleep deprivation, kids and teens are especially likely to suffer from too little sleep. For years, public...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Dec 01, 2018. 4 comments

Sleep Number Denies Recording Users in Their Beds, Calls Creepy Privacy Policy 'an Error'

Sleep Number Denies Recording Users in Their Beds, Calls Creepy Privacy Policy 'an Error'

The bed is an intimate place—so it makes sense that social media freaked out this week over a creepy clause in the privacy policy of mattress maker Sleep Number.

In short, the policy states that the company may collect “Audio in Your room to detect snoring and similar sleep conditions.” On Reddit and Twitter, users began pointing to this language as evidence that Sleep Number beds contained...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Nov 07, 2018. 3 comments

Screens Might Not Be Ruining Kids' Sleep After All

Screens Might Not Be Ruining Kids' Sleep After All

There is such a thing as spending too much time glued to a screen, whether it’s your TV, smartphone, or computer. But a study out of the University of Oxford in the UK suggests that the effects of screen time on kids’ sleeping habits aren’t as dramatic as often assumed. Every hour of screen time in a day, it found, might only amount to eight or fewer minutes of lost sleep a night.

Study author...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Oct 15, 2018. 15 comments

Why Do We Remember Some Dreams but Not Others?

Why Do We Remember Some Dreams but Not Others?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

If you’ve ever woken up on the brink of a heart attack, drenched in sweat and convinced you’ll never live down the shame of sprinting nude through downtown Pittsburgh, you know that some dreams are more memorable than others. Most dreams, in fact, seem totally...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 27, 2018.

Sleep Science, DIY Submarines, and Infectious Kissing Bugs: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Sleep Science, DIY Submarines, and Infectious Kissing Bugs: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

The end of summer is fast approaching, though the fun in the sun is coming to an even swifter conclusion for some of us: Take the tale of Paul Ceglia, the man who allegedly used forged documents naming him as a Facebook co-owner to try and rip off CEO Mark Zuckerberg in court. This week, police reportedly arrested Ceglia very far from his native home of upstate New York after three years on...

Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Aug 20, 2018. 12 comments

How Much Sleep Is Too Much Sleep?

How Much Sleep Is Too Much Sleep?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

An entire industry—with its own spokespeople, podcasts, best-sellers, retreats, truisms, etc.—has sprung up around sleep. Give or take a contrarian or two, the message of most of this stuff seems to be that sleep is good, and that if you’re not sleeping seven or...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 20, 2018.

Facebook Vigilantes, Ugly Laptops, and Red Tide: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Facebook Vigilantes, Ugly Laptops, and Red Tide: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Read anything interesting in the news lately? No, really. I’m still catching up, because for much of the past week, I was vacationing in lovely Cook Forest, Pennsylvania, during which my access to the internet was limited to whatever stretches of 4G could be obtained amid supply runs to town. This was indeed lovely—an excuse to regroup all of those neurons that have been battered into...

Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 16, 2018. 7 comments

Sleep-Deprived People May Infect You With Loneliness

Sleep-Deprived People May Infect You With Loneliness

Not getting enough or the right kind of sleep is notoriously bad for physical health. But a new study out of the University of California, Berkeley suggests that poor sleep can be a nightmare for our social lives too. It just might turn us into lonely outcasts, capable of spreading our misery to others.

We already know that poor sleep quality is linked to negative experiences like anxiety,...

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