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Theresa Fisher

Theresa Fisher is VW's science editor. She does her best sleeping in the early morning light and her best thinking late at night.

Sleep in a Dish Has Been Invented, Not Yet Ready for Drugstore Shelves
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Thanks to new research from Washington State University, we can now study sleep outside the body.
Study: People with BFFs Sleep Better
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Psychologists at the University of Utah find people with supportive social networks get better sleep. And no, a lot of coworkers don't count.
Yes, Sleep Deprivation Makes Us Emotional Basketcases
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Behavioral scientists at Florida’s Nova Southeastern University are researching why exhausted people turn into total Debbie Downers.
Sleep Crimes and Justice in the Age of Medicated Slumber
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Can we be held accountable for crimes and misdeeds we commit while sleepwalking and under the influence of sleep aids? Should we held accountable? Van Winkle's asks the experts who are wrestling with these very sensitive issues.
Does "Sprayable Sleep" Live up to the Hype?
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Is it more effective to use a melatonin spray or take the natural sleep aid in pill-form? The jury's still out.
Why Do I Feel Like I’m Falling Right Before I Go to Sleep?
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That feeling of falling right before dozing off is a harmless involuntary muscle spasm called a hypnic jerk.
Is It Dangerous to Sleep with My Contacts In?
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Sleeping with your contacts is playing eye-care roulette, explains Dr. Mark Eltis, an Ontario-based optometrist and clinical professor who focuses on eye disease.
Airbnb Wants to be More than Just Bedrooms on Demand
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Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky wants to host one million guests-per-night by summer.
Is This Really the “Most Calming Video in the World”?
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More than six million viewers have flocked to watch a video that many allege has powerfully soothing effects.
Can We Become Less Racist in Our Sleep?
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Through novel memory reactivation technique, Northwestern researchers believe they can help us overcome gender and race biases in our sleep.