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Creating an environment conducive to sleep, setting consistent sleep and wake times, limiting electronic devices before bedtime and avoiding stimulants late in the day are key to sleeping well. Reducing stress and getting enough exercise are two other important factors.


Some effects of lack of sleep include a weaker immune system, higher risk of chronic diseases and improper functioning of the brain, leading to turbulent emotions and impairment of cognitive abilities, reports Healthline. Sleep-deprived individuals experience constant y...


A person can improve his sleep patterns by establishing a bedtime ritual and sticking to it. Doing the same things at the same times each night tells the body it is time to start slowing down metabolism and getting ready for sleep. Mayo Clinic recommends relaxing activi...


The National Sleep Foundation says that most healthy adults need seven to eight hours of sleep each night. However, basal sleep needs vary quite a bit between individuals.


Sleep is crucially important, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The amount of sleep a person gets affects many different parts of the body, from helping the brain create neural pathways for learning to keeping aware and safe while at work.


Studies show that light promotes wakefulness and that computer screens and small electronic devices can miscue the brain and promote wakefulness. Photoreceptors in the retina signal our brain about the outside world when they sense light and dark.


According to Scientific American, the world record for the longest period without sleep goes to a high school student who stayed awake for 11 days in the 1960s as part of a science fair project. Sleep deprivation causes cognitive deficits in humans, though the deficits ...