This App Could Help You Overcome Jetlag Faster

Entrain is an app designed by mathematicians at the University of Michigan and Yale University to minimize the effects of jetlag. They've released the app for free so that folks like us can try it out and help perfect it. » 4/13/14 11:30am 4/13/14 11:30am

Sleep Loss Could be Ruining Your Brain

Bad news for people who've made a habit of pulling all-nighters. New findings out of the University of Pennsylvania are the first to show that long-term sleep deprivation can lead to the loss of brain cells — possibly resulting in permanent brain damage. » 3/20/14 9:40am 3/20/14 9:40am

This Short Documentary About Sleep Paralysis Plays Like a Horror Movie

Even though sleep paralysis has a logical, scientific explanation, when you experience a sleep paralysis episode, it can feel like you're in a supernatural horror movie. And this short documentary won't make getting back to sleep any easier. » 3/19/14 8:00pm 3/19/14 8:00pm

Night Terrors: The Real Reasons Why You Wake Up Screaming

Imagine the person sleeping next to you suddenly sitting bolt upright and screaming wildly. You try to console them, but they don't respond. Then, after a few minutes, they fall back asleep as if nothing happened. No, they didn't have a nightmare. It's called a night terror. Here's what you need to know about this… » 3/04/14 10:40am 3/04/14 10:40am

The science behind power naps, and why they're so damn good for you

The stigma against napping is finally starting to wane — and for good reason. Taking a timeout to sleep during the day does much more than just give us a quick energy boost. It also confers some serious cognitive and health advantages as well. Here’s what the latest science tells us. » 9/26/13 11:31am 9/26/13 11:31am

8 Things We Simply Don't Understand About the Human Brain

Despite all the recent advances in the cognitive and neurosciences, there’s still much about the human brain that we do not know. Here are 8 of the most baffling problems currently facing science. » 7/29/13 10:05am 7/29/13 10:05am

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

Top 10 Ways to Perfect Your Daily Routine with the Power of Science

Science is awesome. It explains how birds can fly, why the sky is blue, and how gravity works. However, you can also use science to perfect the tiny details of your everyday life—from sleeping better to working smarter and even cooking better food. Here are 10 ways sciences teaches us how to improve our daily lives. » 7/20/13 3:17pm 7/20/13 3:17pm

Baby Mammals Twitch in Their Sleep Because They’re Learning Cute Moves

Okay, so this research into the phenomenon of twitching baby mammals (in the words of University of Iowa psychology professor Mark Blumberg, “literally every mammal that has ever been looked at” twitches) is really interesting, but I’m not going to dress this post up in futuristic scientific regalia (I was thinking a… » 6/22/13 3:07pm 6/22/13 3:07pm