Dozing off into the brief unconscious 😴

When the sleepy participants’ eyes closed in “microsleep,” a.k.a. dozing, the researchers saw reduced activity in the thalamus, the part of the brain responsible for relaying sensory and motor signals to other parts of the brain. The thalamus is also responsible for regulating sleep (and the same effect was found in the scans of rested […]

How taking an afternoon ‘nappuccino’ increases productivity ☕💤

Like most people, my brain starts to fizzle out between 2 and 3pm. According to science, this isn’t due to a lunch hangover but rather a part of our circadian rhythm. To preempt the inevitable afternoon slothfulness, author Dan Pink proposes to take a nappuccino. He recommends that before you take your 20-minute nap (science […]

‘Dreaming is like a psychological thermostat’ 🛌

Your brain works like a dishwasher when you sleep, cleaning out the dirty information and tidying up the important stuff. But the mind also creates a theater inside your head. Dreams emerge from unrestricted consciousness. They remind us that the rational imagination can be soo sober. Writes Emil Cioran in [easyazon_link identifier=”1611457386″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]The Temptation to Exist[/easyazon_link]: ‘Anyone […]

Why we need sleep 😴

“Scientists have discovered a revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory, makes you more attractive. It keeps you slim and lowers food cravings. It protects you from cancer and dementia. It wards off colds and flu. It lowers your risk of heart attacks and stroke, not to mention diabetes. You’ll […]