Auto-Sensory Meridian Response is the calm, soothing, pleasurably tingling sensation felt by some people in response to certain stimuli, whether it's the experience of having one's hair brushed or the sound of a softly reassuring voice. In a piece for the Irish Independent, Ann Cunningham discovers an online "whispering community" of ASMR enthusiasts and discusses the role ASMR has played in her struggle with insomnia.
A short piece on the role played by sleep science in the San Francisco Giants' victory in the baseball World Series of 2010.
"The upshot is that, for any young student who wants to do better — in school, in sports, in music or even in the social whirl (yes, that’s learning too) — knowing the science of sleep will help them respect slumber for what it is: learning consolidation. "
Continuing the theme of our most recent post, here is a gallery of images of Hong Kong residents who have taken to the streets as part of the pro-democracy "Umbrella Protest" -- and chosen to sleep out on the streets, to "ensure the protests continue around the clock."
The media tycoon Arianna Huffington, who once fainted from exhaustion through overwork, has become one of the most vocal champions of the value of rest and sleep. Here she identifies sixteen of her favourite articles and scientific papers on the study of sleep.