Over 50-million Americans don't get the recommended night's
rest. When things get hectic, sleep often becomes optional.
But Harvard research shows sleep can improve mood, memory
and health. One study showed night owl habits may reduce insulin and slow
metabolism. Simply put, they could be making you fat. People who sleep less
than 5.6 hours a night are at higher risks for obesity and diabetes.
Need some inspiration? A California
study showed people who took naps that reached REM stage were 40-percent more
effective at creative problem-solving than those who did not. Finally, can we control our dreams? Maybe. An MIT study
showed that researchers could use sound cues to control the dreams of mice. One
day, people may use similar techniques to enhance great memories or block bad
ones while they sleep.
trouble falling asleep? Avoid snacking after Harvard Medical School recommends light dinners
several hours before anticipated bedtime for a full night's rest. If you must
snack, avoid sweets and caffeine.