Back in the 90s, burning the midnight oil was cool. Working late into the night was a badge of honor, proof that you had the chops to make it to the top.
These days we're a little wiser. We know that those who don't get enough sleep are more likely to have accidents, get sick, struggle with their weight, and suffer from mood disorders. Getting enough shut-eye is essential for performing at your best in almost every aspect of life.
Even if you're getting enough sleep, there's probably room for improvement. Perhaps your sleep quality could be better or you could spend less time counting sheep? With that in mind, we've rounded up the best content from around the web on the science of sleep and optimizing your zzzs.
alters hunger and appetite hormones, glucose regulation, and food preferences. Short sleepers are less likely to lose weight, even when they control calories.
Short deprivation is associated with changes in hippocampal function, an area of the brain involved in learning, memory, and emotion
. Get enough shut-eye to improve focus and retain more.
For centuries, scientists have tried to understand why we sleep yet it's still a bit of a mystery. Four main theories
have been proposed for our lengthy slumber sessions:
Having sex before bed
promotes sleep onset by releasing relaxation hormones, prolactin, and oxytocin. Moreover, adequate sleep appears to be important for sexual function.
New observational research
indicates that people who sleep 5 hours or less are twice as likely to develop dementia compared to those who get 7-8 hours.
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