Beliefs

Good News for Rich People: Study Finds Real Health Benefits to $4,000-Per-Week Wellness Retreat
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What do rich and/or famous people do when they need to take a break, lose holiday weight, sober up or gain perspective? They fork over a few thousand dollars and go on a wellness retreat: For a few days (or weeks), they live in off-the-g...
Let’s Talk About Santa’s Sleep Issues
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Might want to leave Kris Kringle some caffeine this Christmas.
The Mysterious Reasons Why Many Koreans Won’t Sleep Anywhere Near a Fan
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Where did this thinking start — and is there any truth to it?
The Unique Worldview and Dream Life of the Amazon’s Achuar People
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For this indigenous Amazon people, much of life revolves around the practice of dreaming. It's a deep tradition that's shaped their society — and helped keep them safe — for thousands of years.
The Master of Night is an Invisible Spirit That Bonks You to Sleep with a Pillow
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Oh, and per Menominee Indian lore he was created by a tricky, shape-shifting rabbit.
How to Say "Goodnight" Around the World
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Whether you find yourself in Albuquerque or Abu Dhabi.
The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Siesta
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The cherished midday nap is declining in its country of origin — but others are picking up the torch.
Asleep or Dead? The Bizarre Case of India’s “Sleeping Prophet"
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In September, an Indian High Court trial will meet to determine whether a politically influential Hindu guru is dead or merely in a deep, sleep-like meditative state. The winner will be awarded his body and, likely, $170 million fortune.
Avid Readers Appear to Live Longer
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Book readers, that is. Magazines don’t count.
The Evolution of the Pillow, from Mesopotamia to Modern Times
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Tracing the origins of the head cushion, from rock-hard neck-rest to the ultimate sign of decorative excess.