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The Science of Snooze
Sleep: It’s like your brain’s chance to recharge, right? But what’s going on in our bodies when we’re zonked out? And why does it matter so much, anyway? Dive into the science of sleep, find out the truth about dreams, and learn about animals that sleep through the entire winter. (Smart, right?)
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Why Do We Have to Sleep?
Seriously…why? Don’t we all have better things to do? Not really, as it turns out. Sleep is super important! Here’s the science behind why your body needs a regular reboot.
But I’m Not Tired (5 min)
What would happen if you stayed awake for 264 hours? That’s 11 days without sleep. Yaaaawn. Find out what happens to our bodies when we go without sleep in this TED-Ed video.
Why Do We Dream, Anyway?
What’s going on in our brains when our bodies are in sleep mode? Scientists in this PBS NOVA documentary explore the science of dreaming, from sleepwalking cats to rats who dream to the rare humans who don’t.
The Long Sleep
Many animals snooze all through the cold months. Could humans ever do the same? Scientists explore the question of hibernation in this TED-Ed video:
The History of Dreamcatchers
Dreamcatchers are woven charms originally created by members of the Ojibwe tribe to protect children during their sleep: bad dreams would be caught in the web, while good dreams pass through. Learn more about dreamcatchers in this PBS video, then try making your own.
It’s tempting to keep playing, working, and screen-timing right up until bedtime—but a few minutes of relaxation before bed can help you sleep better. Try these stretches before bed for a more relaxing snooze.