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How a Church in Alabama Used Hitler to Recruit Youth

Life Savers Ministries of Opelika misguidedly used a quote by the German dictator on a billboard; some claim the Internet is not destroying communication, but rather improving it; meanwhile, a study finds that losing sleep at night causes the brain to produce more of the Alzheimer’s protein. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 READ MORE



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The Case Against Hitting Snooze

We’ve all been guilty of trying to catch a few more minutes of shut-eye in the mornings as our alarm reminds us it’s time to face the day. However, though it may feel like you’re cheating the clock when you hit the snooze button, you’re actually doing your body more harm than good.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Think You Need 8 Straight Hours of Sleep? Think Again

AlterNet’s Lynn Stuart Parramore said a BBC article published last year called “The Myth of the Eight-Hour Sleep” “has permanently altered the way I think about sleep,” and talks about the changes she’s made to her resting habits.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Do We Sleep to Clean Our Brains?

American scientists think they’ve discovered the function of sleep: to clear molecular buildup in the brain in what Guardian science reporter Ian Sample calls a “rubbish disposal service.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Americans Need More Downtime—Seriously

Napping, meditating, anything that gives your mind a bit of respite from the ever-quickening rat race of modern day life are essential to allow your brain to recover. And here’s the kicker (which we all pretty much already know but haven’t quite put into practice): Downtime increases productivity.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Is Your Alarm Clock Making You Fat?

Setting an alarm clock before you go to bed could be hazardous to your health, according to research that looks at the body’s internal clock.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 READ MORE



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The Problem With Americans: Too Much Sleep

The importance of a good night’s sleep cannot be understated. Research suggests that getting eight hours every night can make you happier, richer, smarter and hornier. But for many Americans, the problem with their sleep pattern is not that they’re getting too little, but that they are getting too much.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Study: Prescription Sleeping Pills May Cause Cancer, Death

Having trouble catching enough shut-eye? Consider this before reaching for the Ambien: According to a new study published in BMJ Open, the potential risks of popping pills to help you sleep may far outweigh the benefits.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Jet Lag Makes You Dumb (If You’re a Hamster)

Scientists gave some hamsters the frequent flier treatment and found that their brains birthed fewer neurons. The sleep-confused rodents also had learning and memory issues almost a month after their simulated travel ordeal.

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 READ MORE


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Study: Older People Need Fewer Zzzs

Here’s another reason why baby boomers are still running various sectors of society: They need less sleep. According to a new study published, fittingly, in the journal Sleep, people in their 60s don’t need to snooze for quite as long as their younger counterparts. This may partly explain why Jay Leno is still on the air.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE



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That Weekend Rest Isn’t Helping

Our culture tends to reward multitasking, sleep-deprived go-getters, but a new study confirms that catching up on sleep over the weekend just doesn’t work. After weeks of less than seven to nine hours a night, “banking” a long stretch on your days off isn’t going to repair your memory, immune system or ability to drive a car. (Continued)

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE


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Bill Clinton Snoozes During MLK Speech

The campaign trail takes its toll on even the most robust constitution, as evidenced by this footage of Bill Clinton nodding off during a Martin Luther King Day speech.

Posted on Jan 22, 2008 READ MORE


Andy Borowitz: Man in Coma for 19 Years Asks to Go Back to Sleep

The political satirist reports that the patient asked to be made unconscious again after realizing that the person he was seeing on TV was the real president of the United States, not a “Saturday Night Live” impersonator.

Posted on Jul 14, 2006 READ MORE


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Cheney Falls Asleep at a Meeting—Again

Should we be worried that the man one step away from the presidency can’t stay awake at high-level meetings? (This is the second time in three weeks.)

Posted on May 12, 2006 READ MORE


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