The Science of Great Sleep, for 75 To Go

In my latest article, The Science of Great Sleep, I reviewed a lot of sleep research literature and talked to people who did that research.

Sleep is a huge topic, so I could only address some of it. Otherwise, I would have written an encyclopedia.

Some things I covered:

-normal sleeping patterns of typical 20-somethings

-why sleep helps you regulate your emotional reactions

-a little about which sleep supplements work

-how to make it through the day after a bad night’s sleep

Along the way, I found some trivia that didn’t make it into the article. Here it is:

-When the National Sleep Foundation polled people from five countries, (Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the UK and the U.S.) the British were most likely to say they sleep naked. And Canadians were most likely to sleep with socks on.

-Sleep is hard if you’re in a band on tour. (Duh, right?) One sleep doctor did a series of interviews with bands about their sleeping habits for the Huffington Post.

-Sylvia Plath woke up at 4 a.m., Virginia Woolf woke up at 9 a.m. and Charles Bukowski didn’t get out of bed until noon. That’s according to a chart that appeared on Brain Pickings of famous writers’ wake up times along with their literary productivity and awards.