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In the city that never sleeps, a mayor who [claims he] never naps  

The New York Post published a scoop with "scandal" written all over it: NYC Mayor de Blasio likes to nap. Quelle horreur. In response, Blasio called the allegation "absurd and untrue." Then, in a juicy follow-up story, the Daily News asked other politicians about their personal napping policies. And? No daytime Zzzs for them, either. In 2017, isn't it a bit retrograde for mayoral naps to raise eyebrows and for napping allegations to be dismissed as "absurd"? Don't we know enough about the benefits of napping, and the napping habits of geniuses, to write off napping rumors as no big deal? New York can do better than de Nap-gate. [New York Times]

If sucking up to your boss is getting you nowhere...   

...then try getting more sleep. Managers perceive their working relationships with employees to be of lower quality when the employees are sleep-deprived. And vice versa: Employees think they have worse relationships with their managers when the managers are low on shuteye. These findings come courtesy of field studies helmed by Christopher Barnes, a business school professor at the University of Washington who's studied how sleep affects workplace dynamics and behavior. Barnes previously looked at the impact of sleep on charisma in leaders. [Harvard Business Review]

Total eclipse of your Monday night Zzzs 

There is no research linking solar eclipses and sleep (believe me, I looked). But if you had trouble falling asleep on Monday, here are some possible (read: speculative) explanations: Your giddiness over the eclipse left you too excited to sleep, a la the kids in my favorite '90s Disney World commercial. Also, we know that, during totality, some animal species start acting as though it's nighttime. Perhaps solar eclipses make humans a little nutty, too? And, finally, research has shown that our sleep is influenced by lunar cycles, as research has associated full moons and sleepless nights. If a full moon throws off our sleep, then it's feasible that a full moon-covered sun in mid-afternoon would too, right? Maybe. [Bustle]

Schools stubborn about later start times 

There's so much evidence behind the campaign to push back school start times for sleepy teens. But, according to a survey from the National Center for Education Statistics, the majority of schools are smiling and nodding and doing nothing to change high-schoolers' schedules. Based on data collected last year from a nationally representative sample of school principals, only about 13 percent of US schools start later than 8:30 (per recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics). So what's holding schools back from moving start times back? Logistical challenges and money, they say. [Washington Post]

Our political nightmare, in our dreams 

Kelly Bulkeley, a dream-content researcher, analyzes the dreams of thousands of people to make sense of broader sociological and cultural trends. In one project, Bulkeley studied the way Obama was represented in dreams over the course of his presidency. Here, Bulkeley discusses a new book, "Dreaming in Dark Times: Six Exercises in Political Thought," in which a professor named Sharon Sliwinski "approaches dreaming as a powerful resource for political theory." Bulkeley goes on to recommend, and break down, the work of four other writers who "are trying to make sense of today’s frightening political and cultural trends by using dreams and dream-related modes of thought and reflection." [Huffington Post]