Use Your Smartphone To Improve Your Sleep

Stories of how technology is bad for our health are par for the course, but smartphones—and the apps on them—can be used to make significantly positive changes as well. One of the areas where you'll find a cornucopia of brilliant apps is in the field of sleep. Here's a small selection of apps that might help you… » 7/29/14 10:36am 7/29/14 10:36am

The Big Sleep: How Hibernation Could Overcome Life-Threatening Injury

Imagine it: you have been rushed into the emergency room and you are dying. Your injuries are too severe for the surgeons to repair in time. Your blood haemorrhages unseen from ruptured vessels. The loss of that blood is starving your organs of vital nutrients and oxygen. You are entering cardiac arrest. » 5/05/14 8:30am 5/05/14 8:30am

Desperate for Some Midday Shut-Eye? Google Naps Has You Covered

It happens to the best of us: You stayed up late getting down on a Tuesday night (read: re-watching True Detective and eating Seamless until 5am), and come Wednesday, you can barely keep your eyes open. Desk napping is far too risky, so what's a comatose professional-about-town to do? Why, pull up Google Naps, of… » 4/06/14 5:00pm 4/06/14 5:00pm

What Is Your Ideal Soundtrack For Falling Asleep?

For some, to be surrounded by total silence seems like an ideal way to fall asleep. For the rest of us, a completely quiet room after hours is like a breeding ground for every weird, troubling, eye-opening thought you've ever had; some kind of background audio helps calm the nerves. Is there a happy medium? » 2/19/14 7:20pm 2/19/14 7:20pm

The New Basis Band Dives Deeper Into Your Sleep

The Basis B1 band was already one of the best activity trackers you could buy, with a few caveats. In the last few months, it's taken significant steps towards becoming even better; in November the B1 improved how it keeps track of your exercise habits, and starting this month, it will be able to tell the difference… » 1/03/14 9:00am 1/03/14 9:00am

This App Wakes You Up at Your Stop If You Fall Asleep on the Subway

We've all done it. After a tough day at work or a long night of drinking, the gentle motion of the subway rocks you right to sleep, and the next thing you know, you wake up in the Bronx. It's a frustrating problem, but one app developer thinks he has the solution: a motion-based alarm clock that wakes you up at your… » 9/06/13 2:09pm 9/06/13 2:09pm

Too Many Sleepless Nights Can Actually Shut Down Important Genes

While it's easy enough to brush off a few sleepless nights with a pot of coffee and the occasional desk-nap, you may be doing more harm than you realize. According to a new study from Surrey University, snagging less than six hours of sleep per night can actually shut down genes that play a key role in the body's… » 2/26/13 10:42am 2/26/13 10:42am