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Happier Wives Spend More Time Synced in Sleep With Their Husbands

Coordinated snooze time is the signal of a stable marriage, a new study suggests.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Science Writer Who Wants to Understand How Sleep Affects Our Health

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

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Will We Ever Be Able to Enjoy a Shorter Work Week?

For most individuals in the knowledge economy, limits on daily work hours are irrelevant to economic and mental health. France thinks it may have finally found a solution, but its last efforts were unsuccessful.

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Contagious Yawning Remains a Mystery

A new study disputes the empathy theory.

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More Sleep Equals More Voters

A new analysis finds voter turnout increases when an election is held two days after the switch back to standard time.

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Could Kids’ Nightmares Turn Into Schizophrenia?

A new study shows that children with frequent nightmares are more likely to have psychotic experiences.

This Is Your Brain

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The Sounds of Your Sleep

Do you know anyone who actually falls asleep to pre-recorded crickets or rain drops? Sleep studies can’t even agree on the proper lullaby.

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The Placebo Effect Even Works for Sleep

New research suggests we perform better on cognitive tests if we’re told we had a good night’s sleep.

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What Are Nightmares Made Of?

Pretty much exactly what you’d expect.

Health Care

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Coping With a Surprise Case of Brain Disease

Jesse Cheng is an otherwise healthy guy in his mid-30s who knew something was wrong the minute he punched his wife, who could very well prove to be the most valuable in a group of strategies used to come to terms with this unusual act of violence.

 

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The Devil Is in Your Snooze Button

It’s the enemy of both good sleep and productive wakefulness.

Quick Studies

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Quick Study: Women Get More Sleep—and Earn It

Women may still get paid less than men, but at least they get to sleep more.

 

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Across Cultures, Music Therapy Promotes Sounder Sleep

Find yourself nodding off during a five-hour Wagner opera? Here’s your excuse.

 

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The Nap Zapper

An inventor’s shocking solution for office doldrums

 

Sociologists and The End of Sleep

 

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Creativity Blocked? Try a Common Scents Solution

New research suggests specially selected nocturnal odors can inspire creativity.

 

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Good Night, Vietnam

Why this Emory prof is studying the sleeping habits of villagers halfway around the world

 

Delaying School Start Times Causes Alarm

Efforts to adjust school start times face logistical and political obstacles concerning after-school activities, transportation schedules and sporting events.

 

A Day in the Life of a Sleepy Student

They’ll have better attendance, wreck fewer cars and be more agreeable. All we have to do is let high school students sleep in.

 

Get Plenty of Sleep Before Imitating Rock Gods

Paper reveals that players of a popular video game increase their performance when they’ve had a full night of rest.

 

No More Dozing Off in First Period

An 8:30 a.m. high school start time helps students get more sleep, stay alert in class, a pilot study finds.

 

Getting a Handle on Why We Sleep

New research shows just how harmful insomnia is and how necessary sleep remains.

 

The Best Things in Life are Z’s

Sara Mednick pits the world’s No. 1 stimulant against napping in a test of memory.

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Levels of Depression Could Be Evaluated Through Measurements of Acoustic Speech

Engineers find tell-tale signs in speech patterns of the depressed.

We’re Not So Great at Rejecting Each Other

And it's probably something we should work on.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Brain

Neuroscientists find less—but potentially stronger—white matter in the brains of patients with CFS.

Incumbents, Pray for Rain

Come next Tuesday, rain could push voters toward safer, more predictable candidates.

Could Economics Benefit From Computer Science Thinking?

Computational complexity could offer new insight into old ideas in biology and, yes, even the dismal science.

The Big One

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