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Late-Night Texts Occupy Teens After 'Bed Time,' Study Says

New research from the Sleep Disorder Center at JFK Medical Center has provided media outlets with attention-grabbing headlines, such as 'Many Teens Text All Night Long.' But, thanks to its incredibly small sample size (only 40 students) and vague parameters (after "bed time"), the Center's study fails to shed any new light on the issue. Lightning-quick exchanges and 24-7 availability are now acce...

Fatigue Sensor Alerts Gamers When It's Time for More Caffeine

Murata Manufacturing produces a multitude of diverse technological devices, including capacitors, resistors and various types of sensors (as well as the awesome Murata Boy and Murata Girl robots). The company just revealed one of its new sensor devices at the CEATEC Japan 2010 conference, and the gadget could offer (virtual) life-saving benefits. Murata equipped the product with EKG electrodes...

Late Night iPad Reading Could Keep You Up at Night

The iPad could be causing restless nights for many who use it to read e-books before lights out. According to the Los Angeles Times, the light that's emitted from the iPad's screen inhibits the release of melatonin, a chemical that tells your body to wind down for the evening. This holds true for any device that emits unnatural light -- be it a TV or a cell phone. But Frisca Yan-Go, director of th...

Track Sleeping Patterns With Twitter, You Crazy Stalker

Twitter is the ultimate stalker tool. You can monitor what people do, where they are, and what they eat, thanks to their tendency to overshare on the micro-blogging service. And if you have a frequent updater and know their time zone of residence, you can figure out when they sleep. SleepingTime.org automates that process. Pop in a Twitter username, and SleepingTime.org looks at the person's...

Map Your Nap With Snoring iPhone App

If you're among the countless victims of snoring significant others, if you're kept awake till the wee hours by that family of beavers building a dam on the other side of the bed, and if poking or punching or kicking won't stop the onslaught of chainsawing, we feel your pain. But before you reprimand him (or her) over the breakfast table, you might want to check out a new iPhone app that could ex...

Need a Silent Night? Doze Deep With These Dreamy Devices

One of the downsides to technological industriousness is, undoubtedly, the nonstop whirlwind of data that is quickly turning us into ADD-addled, multitasking, frazzled shells of people. We regularly check sports scores, while microwaving dinner, while listening to music, while talking on the phone, while watching television, while shopping online for a new pair of sneakers. And this 24/7 media on...

Cheap and Easy: Online Therapy for Insomnia

Insomnia and the Internet seem to be good bedfellows; just ask anyone browsing the 'tubes at 3 a.m. But researchers at the University of Virginia Health System have decided to combine the restlessness of insomniacs and the accessibility of the Web, creating an online program that gives advice and plays games with people who have trouble sleeping. Based on the assumption that cognitive therapy ca...

Americans Losing Sleep Over TV, Study Says

Americans are fighting Mr. Sandman harder than ever in order to stay up and watch television, and according to a new study, this leads to chronic sleep deprivation. In a survey conducted between 2003 and 2006, researchers at the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) discovered that TV-watching made up almost 50-percent of folks' activities during the two hours before bedtime. This means peopl...

LumiGram's Cool, Colorful, and Useless Bed Cover Literally Lights Up

We love ill-fated, awesome products that make little to no sense. In this case, we are talking about fiber-optic bed covers, of course. We couldn't have been more thrilled to hear from OhGizmo about this delightfully useless offering from manufacturer LumiGram. The comforter is constructed from a patented material called Luminex. When plugged in (yes, it has to be plugged in), the entire cover (...

Woman E-Mails Friends -- While Sleeping!

We've all sent some e-mails that we regret, and surely we've sent a few that we've long since forgotten about. But have you ever sent an e-mail without actually thinking about it? That appears to be the case of one Australian woman, a 44-year-old, who sent a series of e-mails to friends at midnight -- while she was still asleep. She got out of bed, signed on to her computer, and sent simple e-m...

Alarm Clock Pillow Vibrates You Out of Sleep

Alarm clocks are beastly little devices. They rip you out of your peaceful slumber, usually ruining a dream involving a ridiculously hot woman/man playing golf with you and a pod of talking dolphins. We're just not big fans of alarm clocks -- dolphins, of course, are awesome. The Alarm Clock Pillow by Vessel provides a bit of relief from the screeching-hell-banshee alarm clocks you (and your ...

Scientists Might Be Able to Watch and Record Dreams

If your idea of fun is letting people see what you dream and picture in your head, you might want to sign up for this study. A group of Japanese researchers successfully displayed an image using electrical signals from the brain, a revolutionary feat they hope will let them visualize dreams. The scientists from ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories are the first people to ever visualize ...

SnorePro Promises to Stop Snoring

We'll level with you: the Snore Pro sets off a few snake oil alarms -- it does, after all, claim to fix a problem that has been seemingly incurable from time immemorial. The device (which is not exactly cool looking) apparently has a two-pronged approach to help snorers kick the habit: first, it delivers an "electronic stimulation" to the wearer's skin causing a sleep disturbance (which the com...

Fujitsu's In-Car Safety Tech Senses Drowsiness, Wakes You Up

Not that we haven't seen similar technology from other outfits before, but we'll take as many in-car safety advancements as we can get. It's bruited that Fujitsu is conjuring up a sophisticated sensor system that can actually detect when a driver gets drowsy or begins to sink into a deep, dark wonder-world of sleep. Put simply, the system would detect specific changes in the motorist's heart rate ...

iPillow Lets You Take a Nap Right at Your Desk

Are you tired of sneaking off to the janitor's closet to get some shut eye? Well, we are too. Fortunately, for all of us beaten down by oppressive bosses and long work weeks, there is someone out there who yearns for sleep enough to actually to do something about the problem. That person, by the way, is Ivonne Dippmann. A student at the University of Berlin (Germany), Dippman created the a prot...