Industry groups fund studies to prove cheese doesn't cause nightmares

There's a common bit of folk wisdom that claims ingesting cheese before bed can cause you to have weird dreams, nightmares, and even night terrors. In an effort to combat this myth, the cheese industry has been funneling money into poorly conducted (albeit pretty entertaining) scientific studies. » 11/11/13 10:30am 11/11/13 10:30am

10 theories that explain why we dream

The study of dreaming is called oneirology, and it's a field of inquiry that spans neuroscience, psychology, and even literature. Still, the plain fact is that the reasons why we dream are still mysterious. But that hasn't stopped scientists from coming up with some pretty fascinating hypotheses. Here are ten of them. » 7/24/13 12:28pm 7/24/13 12:28pm

A handy guide to lucid dreaming, with additional tips from Richard…

Anyone who's had one will tell you: lucid dreams are ridiculously, comically, and sometimes obscenely fun — but they're also notoriously difficult to experience. In their latest video, the folks at AsapSCIENCE serve up a series of quick, scientifically informed tips on how to experience nighttime reveries on your own … » 10/11/12 9:30am 10/11/12 9:30am

Neuroscientists successfully control the dreams of rats. Could humans…

Researchers working at MIT have successfully manipulated the content of a rat's dream by replaying an audio cue that was associated with the previous day's events, namely running through a maze (what else). The breakthrough furthers our understanding of how memory gets consolidated during sleep — but it also holds… » 9/03/12 8:00am 9/03/12 8:00am

Why does falling asleep sometimes feel like falling down?

We've covered sleep twitches, the unconscious twitches that people make while they're asleep. They're the result of the unconscious and conscious brain both being online at the same time. Sometimes people twitch themselves awake. This is preferable to another strange sleep tic — the sudden sensation of falling that can … » 3/22/12 9:30am 3/22/12 9:30am