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The 1 New Year’s Resolution You Should Immediately Break, According to 3 Nobel Prize-Winning Scientists | Inc.com

A common New Year’s resolution is to “get up earlier.” The resolution is treated as a positive change in lifestyle, similar to “eat more healthy” and “get more exercise.” There is a huge difference, though. Eating healthier and exercising more frequently improve your health. Rising earlier than you’re already rising, by contrast, raises your risk of heart disease and early death.

The 2017 Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to three scientists who discovered the molecular mechanism inside the brain that determines one’s natural sleep schedule. This mechanism expresses itself according to your genetics. As a result, humans (like all animals that sleep) have a circadian rhythm that determines when your brain wants to sleep.

About 10 percent of humans (early birds) have a circadian rhythm that makes them want to rise before dawn; about 20 percent of humans (night owls) have a circadian rhythm that makes them want to wake long after sunrise. It has nothing to do with willpower or moral superiority; your genes tell you when you want to sleep.

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Scientists Now Know How Sleep Cleans Toxins From the Brain | WIRED

Laura Lewis and her team of researchers have been putting in late nights in their Boston University lab. Lewis ran tests until around 3:00 in the morning, then ended up sleeping in the next day. It was like she had jet lag, she says, without changing time zones. It’s not that Lewis doesn’t appreciate the merits of a good night’s sleep. She does. But when you’re trying to map what’s happening in a slumbering human’s brain, you end up making some sacrifices. “It’s this great irony of sleep research,” she says. “You’re constrained by when people sleep.”

Her results, published today in the journal Science, show how our bodies clear toxins out of our brains while we sleep and could open new avenues for treating and preventing neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

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The Importance of Deep Sleep for Your Mind and Body and How to Get It | Life Hack

Do you want the secret to health and wellness?

Sure you do, everyone does. Everyone is looking for the miracle supplement, workout or tip that can change their lives seemingly overnight. Well such a thing does exist, is available to you anytime, and will cost you nothing.

It’s sleep — specifically deep sleep.

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Your Body On Sleep (Infographic) | Lifehack

imagesWe all need to sleep — it’s something every human has in common. From a two-month-old child to an 85-year-old man, sleep is completely necessary.

The one thing that does differ is the amount of sleep a particular person needs. Scientists have argued for years about the “correct” amount of sleep that a single human needs each night.

Many doctors and scientists draw closely towards a solid 8 hours a night for the average adult, but if you asked 10 random people what they think their optimal sleep schedule looked like, you’d likely get widely differing answers.

Some people prefer 5-6 hours a night and can function at their full capacity on this, while others need 9-10 hours to feel normal the next morning.

Regardless of how much sleep each person needs, I think we can all agree that sleep is hugely important, and thanks to MyBedFrames, we can easily understand and digest this importance in the form of an infographic titled Your Body on Sleep.

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What’s Up With That: Why Does Sleeping In Just Make Me More Tired? | WIRED

We’ve all been there: It’s been a long week at work, so Friday night, you reward yourself by going to bed early and sleeping in. But when you wake up the next morning or afternoon, light scathes your eyes, and your limbs feel like they’re filled with sand. Your brain is still lying down and you even have faint headache. If too little sleep is a problem, then why is extra sleep a terrible solution?

Oversleeping feels so much like a hangover that scientists call it sleep drunkenness. But, unlike the brute force neurological damage caused by alcohol, your misguided attempt to stock up on rest makes you feel sluggish by confusing the part of your brain that controls your body’s daily cycle.

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What is a ‘natural’ sleep pattern? | Scientific American

Thanks in large part to the meteoric rise in direct-to-consumer advertising, medications like Ambien and Lunesta have become household names and seductive panaceas that millions find hard to resist — even though a majority have no serious sleep problem to repair.

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