I’m not being hyperbolic when I say that sleep is the most important thing in my life. In some ways, it’s more precious to me than my marriage, my child, or my job-because if I don’t get enough sleep, I cannot properly function as a wife, a mother, or a writer.
You’ve heard the stories. Apple CEO Tim Cook wakes up at 3:45 every morning. Both Vogue’s Anna Wintour and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey have alarms that go off before 6 a.m. Frank Lloyd Wright, Margaret Thatcher, and Ernest Hemingway never slept through a sunrise. Maybe that’s all true.
Sleep problems contribute to a number of mental health issues in adolescents, researchers say. But a lingering question is whether some teens need more-or less-sleep than others to be healthy and at their best. A UCLA study in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology finds that there are differences among teens in how much sleep they need to maintain the best daily mood.
My yoga pants have seen more action running errands than actually running, and based on my actual workout habits, my Daily Burn account should be more accurately dubbed the Bi-Weekly Burn. Maybe it’s because I never played sports in high school (does a short-lived stint on the Ultimate Frisbee team count?)
A few years ago, White & Case, the international law firm, was renovating its Washington DC office when some of its younger associates made a request for an amenity to be added to a proposed “wellness room” – sleep pods.
For decades, a thunderstorm or missed connection meant you might have to sleep in the airport, leaving frustrated travelers with a truly tired dilemma: Is the boarding gate chair-curl worth a try, or is it better just to grab some floor? Some airports are considering a better way to accommodate unlucky passengers while making some money in the process.
There’s an argument to be made that we should cut back on his activities or make him go to bed earlier so that he gets more sleep. Teens aren’t wired for that, though. They want to go to bed later and sleep later.
What was the last thing you did before drifting off last night? You were probably on a device: reading emails, surfing the web or checking social media. You’re not alone. A study by the National Sleep Foundation estimates 48% of American adults use gadgets such as tablets or laptops in bed and studies in other countries show this is even more prevalent among younger adults.
Hitting the snooze button repeatedly inflicts “cardiovascular assault” on the body and abuses your nervous system, a neuroscientist has warned. Professor Matthew Walker, who teaches at the University of California’s Centre for Human Sleep Science, has issued a slew of advice for people who struggle nodding off, as it’s revealed that 39 per cent of Brits sleep for less than seven hours each night – despite mainstream research recommending a minimum of eight.
Good news, dog lovers: Letting your four-legged friend into the bedroom does not worsen your sleep, according to a new Mayo Clinic study-and it may actually help you rest easier. But before you cuddle up too close, know this: Researchers still caution against snoozing in the same bed.