The consequences of not getting enough sleep are evident to all of us—and yet we’re constantly staying up later than what our internal biological clocks are telling us. A new study shows the elusive nature of what’s to blame.
A DNA analysis of nearly 90,000 23andme customers suggests our preference for early mornings may be rooted in our genes. The study also suggests that night owls are at greater risk of depression and other health issues. But those findings come with a couple of caveats.
Traveling this holiday season? Here's how to prepare your body for the crushing exhaustion that comes from switching time zones.
Right around this time every year, the world starts to make sense. It gets darker earlier and I get tired earlier, which means I get a better night of sleep. It turns out that I'm not just imagining things. When we go to bed is still determined by that impending darkness, even if our time zone tells us something…
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.
The modern bedroom is full of lights, from glowing computer monitors and clock radios to any number of blinking and glimmering electronic devices. Trouble is, chronic exposure to light at night leads to a host of health problems.
Is it just laziness, or does the daily struggle to rouse yourself stem from something more serious?
Why can't you get a good night's sleep? The problem is that you probably don't realize what makes you fall asleep in the first place.
Just because you sleep later than your early rising friends doesn't mean you sleep longer than they do; nor does it make you lazier. And yet, the association between the time of day that a person wakes up and how proactive or driven they are is just one example of the many preconceptions that society upholds regarding…
They may not do their own grocery shopping, wear makeup, or do their taxes, but there's no denying that proteins, just like us, do go to work in shifts. Health problems come up when our day and night shifts clash with what our proteins are programmed to do.
Now I know why I'm really here: I'm helping the other Gizmodo writers prevent heart disease, bone fractures, cancer, diabetes and a completely wonked up metabolism by working the night shift.
Who needs that honking alarm clock when you have the Light Sleeper pillow and duvet, a design concept for bedding with electroluminescent threads embedded into it? Designers at loop.PH note that exposure to certain bright lights makes you feel better, especially in the wintertime. Problem is, your body is only…