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Essay/Politics & Government

American dreaming 3.0

Embrace dreams as a counter to the naive realism of politics today, and they could become a potent democratic force

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

Idea/Sleep & Dreams

Sleepwalking is the result of a survival mechanism gone awry

Philip Jaekl

Video/Stories & Literature

Leonard Cohen turns an erotic fantasy that wasn’t into a sleepless night’s work

6 minutes

Idea/Sleep & Dreams

How the 24-hour society is stealing time from the night

Leon Kreitzman

Essay/Sleep & Dreams

Dreams and revelations

The world’s great religions and spiritual journeys emerged from dreams and visions. Neurochemistry tells us how

Patrick McNamara

Essay/Sleep & Dreams

Falling for sleep

When wakefulness is seen as the main event, no wonder so many have trouble sleeping. Can we rekindle the joy of slumber?

Rubin Naiman

Essay/Sleep & Dreams

Life in Circadia

The ticking of the bodyclock can help us fight cancer, safeguard our hearts, time our meals, and enhance our intelligence

Jessa Gamble

Essay/Sleep & Dreams

Are dreams predictions?

Dreams might not be omens or prophecies in a mystical sense, but they do have a distinct psychological predictive power

Sue Llewellyn

Idea/Mind & Body

Unconscious ‘sleep-eating’ might be a hidden cause of obesity

Laurie Gwen Shapiro

Essay/Consciousness & Altered States

Night school

New evidence suggests that we can learn while we sleep, but do we really want to put our hours of rest to work?

Kenneth Miller

Video/Astronomy

How artificial light affects our physiology and our sleep

3 minutes

Essay/Sleep & Dreams

Broken sleep

People once woke up halfway through the night to think, write or make love. What have we lost by sleeping straight through?

Karen Emslie

Essay/Consciousness & Altered States

Hallucinogenic nights

Sleep paralysis has tormented me since childhood. But now it’s my portal to out-of-body travel and lucid dreams

Karen Emslie

Essay/Gender & Sexuality

How sex rules our dreams

Gritty, emotional, smelly and dirty: new evidence supports Freud’s long-debunked theory that sex fuels our dreams

Patrick McNamara

Video/Sleep & Dreams

A world between dream and reality: the science – and horror – of sleep paralysis

8 minutes

Essay/Astronomy

The end of night

An eternal electric day is creeping across the globe, but our brains and bodies cannot cope in a world without darkness

Rebecca Boyle

Essay/Consciousness & Altered States

Unhinged

Travel the world, but work on New York time. This is what I learned about circadian rhythms by unravelling my own

Cara Parks

Essay/Sleep & Dreams

Stories in the night

Insomnia brings many gifts — the noises of the night, the twist of narrative, and a stolen march on time

Melanie McGrath

Essay/Human Enhancement

The end of sleep?

New technologies are emerging that could radically reduce our need to sleep - if we can bear to use them

Jessa Gamble