Category Archive: Sleep

How does sound influence our sleep?

This quora question just got my attention and here is my contribution in an attempt to answer it. There are different studies representing different ways on how sound might influence one’s sleep or… Continue reading

Sleep research and consciousness

The human brain… 100 billion neurons and an “infinite” amount of networks arising from communication between these neurons. To think there is something outside that, the mind as something separate from the brain… Continue reading

How come hibernation doesn’t have a restorative function?

While reading an article on HowStuffWorks about hibernation (a state of energy conservation characterised by a lower body temperature, slower breathing, lower  metabolism…), I was a bit puzzled by the following sentence “When an animal… Continue reading

The stages of sleep

When evaluating sleep, a distinction is made between different sleep stages. These sleep stages are based on electrical brain activity as measured by electroencephalography and the sleep scoring rules provided by the American Association… Continue reading

Is there proof that slow wave sleep is beneficial?

There have been some studies that attempted to interfere with slow wave sleep while keeping other sleep parameters intact, e.g. sleep duration, REM-sleep, stage 1-2 sleep duration, nocturnal awakenings… Such studies have revealed… Continue reading

Do people who sleep more than average have better memory?

In search of answers on many questions that pop into my mind, I came across Quora. This is a great Q(uestions)&A(nswer) site on a wide range of interesting topics. Although I’ve only answered two… Continue reading

Optogenetics and its application in sleep research

I must admit, if I hear about something new, flashy and fancy I can’t help but get enthusiastic about it! Optogenetics, chosen method of the year 2010 by Nature Methods, is one of… Continue reading

Sleep and caffeine

Getting up in the morning and feeling that desperate need for coffee to get started with the day? We all know about the sleep-suppressing effects of caffeine (a substance of coffee), but how… Continue reading

Homeostatic and circadian processes underlying the sleep-wake cycle

Today I’m going to talk about the processes underlying our sleep-wake rhythm. I noticed there are already some nice blogs talking about today’s subject, e.g., but I’m still going to give it… Continue reading

Sleep spindles and sleep stability (JC)

This time I present you a short correspondence paper. I still need to find an efficient way to select new papers that I can discuss/summarize in a clear way, without you having to… Continue reading