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11 ‘bad habits’ that are actually healthy, according to science

Admitting you enjoy naps, the occasional glass of wine, or hitting the couch instead of the gym every once in a while can often land you a prime spot in the shame corner. But there's plenty of scientific research to support your allegedly bad habits.

It turns out sleeping in at the weekend could counteract the harm caused by lack of sleep during the week

Sleep scientists have long insisted that getting a consistent amount of sleep a night is the best practice. However, a growing body of research suggests we can make up for a lack of sleep during the week at the weekend.
You don't have to wake up early to get more done.

How to design the ideal morning routine if you’re a night owl

About a third of people are night owls. They have difficulty waking up early, can easily stay up at night, and find that they're able to do their best work in the evening. But even the biggest morning haters can find peace and purpose in the a.m.

Disrupting your body clock could increase your risk of mood disorders like depression — here’s why

Our internal clocks determine nearly every biological process in our bodies, from sleeping, to eating, to our blood pressure. If it is disrupted, it can cause a whole lot of problems.
Phone use right before bed could be negatively impacting our sleep quality, so I decided to give it up for two weeks.

I stopped using my phone for 2 hours before bed, and it had a more powerful effect than I expected

Phone use right before bed could be negatively impacting our sleep quality. Since I have trouble sleeping, I decided to stop looking at my phone for two hours before bed for a two-week period. As a result, I slept better, spent more quality time with my husband, and felt less anxious about work.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

Google’s new features for combatting ‘tech addiction’ have little basis in science — here’s a closer look at what the re...

At this week's Google I/O developer conference, the company unveiled a collection of features aimed at improving users' wellbeing. The company's intentions may be good, but the scientific case for the features is weak. Here's a look at each of the new features — and what science says about them.
The author spent two weeks as a morning person.

I got up an hour earlier for 2 weeks — and it completely changed the course of my days

Morning alarms can be hard — especially if they're an hour earlier than you're normal routine. Though I like my sleep, the extra time helped me work toward a number of longstanding goals, such as exercising in the morning and increasing productivity. Overall, I'm still not a morning person.

Casper’s high-tech Wave mattress has given me the best sleep of my life — and I could never go back to a regular mattress

The Casper Wave mattress isn't cheap, but it's one of the best mattresses you can buy. If you care about getting deep, restorative sleep, look no further.

Freud’s interpretation of why we dream may be wrong — here’s what’s really going on

Dreams aren't just hallucinatory episodes that explore the strangest corners and cobwebs of our minds. They help us process emotions — among other things.

Even one night of bad sleep causes dangerous changes in your brain, a new study found

One night of bad sleep can cause the buildup of beta-amyloid proteins — which make the plaque around nerve cells associated with Alzheimer's — in the brain.