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Want To Reset Your Brain’s Master Clock? These Scientists Think They Know How

Researchers from Vanderbilt University are shooting light-sensitive cells with lasers in the hopes of a better night’s sleep

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For anyone who’s suffered from lousy sleep cycles, a new study out of Vanderbilt University may contain some good news. A team of researchers have, for the first time, determined that the body’s sleep patterns can be manipulated and its internal clock regulated, on a neurological level. By doing so, the researchers believe they can trick the body into avoiding things like jet lag and even seasonal affective disorder.

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I have a routine I go through every night to calm my brain down before sleep. After I get under the covers, I commit to a chapter of whatever book I’m working on at the time. Then, once I’ve finished the chapter, I reward myself by screwing around on my phone for a few minutes, before peeling my eyes off the screen to tackle another chapter. This cycle of goes on for about 45 minutes before I inevitably realize I’m spending more and more time checking Twitter than I am making progress in my book. And so, finally, I go to sleep.

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How to Explore Your Dreams—Literally and Lucidly

Lucid dreams are dreams that you know are dreams while you’re having them.

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Sleep Better: Create the Ideal Sleep Environment #30DaysofGOOD

Creating a good sleeping environment is critical for better rest. Here's how:

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How I Made Sleep a Priority—And Got More Productive

Think long days and short nights make for better work? Think again.

When I was around 10 years old I would regularly wake up at 5 or 6 a.m. to play Nintendo before school. My brother, six years my senior, would sleep in as late as possible and remind me on a daily basis that I should do the same while I still could. I, however, thought being awake was simply more fun than being asleep. And the notion of living a full life by avoiding sleep stuck with me into adulthood.

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@GOOD Asks: What Are Your Tips for Getting Enough Sleep? Answers

GOOD readers tell us their favorite sleep tips: "No electronics distractions in the bedroom!"

Yesterday on GOOD, Twitter, and Facebook, we asked our friends: What are your tips for getting enough sleep? We ask a question to our Twitter and Facebook faithful once a day, so if you’re not yet following @GOOD or a fan, make sure to sign up and participate in the conversation.

Check out what our Twitter followers had in mind:

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