Tag - sleep



If it's too hot to do much (and the costs for air conditioning continue to surge) during the day, it might be time to consider shifting the bulk of our activities to cooler nighttime hours.
LIFE / Lifestyle
Apr 6, 2024
A solution for scorching days: Do everything at night.
Working night shifts, however, comes with a host of health problems, increasing the risk of diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.
Chinstrap penguins in Orne Harbour in the western Antarctic peninsula in March 2016
Dec 1, 2023
Antarctic chinstrap penguins get by on just secondslong micronaps
Falling asleep while guarding a nest can spell doom for the eggs and later the chicks, but the species has an ingenious way of getting enough sleep.
Kazunori Kataoka (left), director-general of the Innovation Center of NanoMedicine at the Kawasaki Institute of Industrial Promotion in Kanagawa Prefecture; Masahi Yanagisawa (right), director of the International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine at the University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture
JAPAN / Science & Health
Sep 20, 2023
Two Japanese researchers picked as 2023 Citation Laureates
Clarivate names researchers as Citation Laureates if they have made Nobel Prize-level research achievements and their papers are cited frequently.
A statue of Pokemon character Pikachu is seen during the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.
Aug 26, 2023
Pokemon game that’s all about sleep hits 10 million downloads
Pokemon Go made billions of dollars getting people to roam the great outdoors. Now the company is trying to get people to go to bed.
New revelations about dreams and creativity could move people toward more balance, giving sleep and even naps much needed respectability.
Jun 20, 2023
Want to be more creative? Try dream-hacking
New scientific methods are helping researchers understand how dreams can boost brainpower.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art / Longform
Jul 3, 2023
Sixteen hours in Marina Abramovic's nightmare hotel
In rural Niigata Prefecture, you can stay overnight in an artwork dreamed up by the world’s most infamous performance artist. If you don’t mind sleeping in a coffin.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 27, 2023
Lessons emerge as scientists unravel a new understanding of sleep
When our routines don’t match our biological cycles, the body tries to compensate using responses that evolved to help early humans survive danger — with major implications for our health.
Japan Times
Jan 27, 2023
Bet you didn't know you needed a sleep coach
Getting quality sleep is starting to look like a competitive sport in today's health-obsessed society.
Japan Times
Dec 31, 2022
Roger Dahl on new year dreams
Japan Times
Nov 12, 2022
Can't sleep? Drinkable aids are booming in Japan
The demand for beverages that claim to help with sleep and alleviate stress is so high that some companies are having trouble making enough product.
Japan Times
Oct 20, 2022
Shohei Ohtani's path to reaching MLB dreams starts with sleeping habits
While his stellar performances are setting new standards for MLB stars, how he stays ahead of the game is instructive for anyone trying to cope in modern society.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Sep 24, 2022
Japanese and American scientists win prize for sleep disorder research
Masashi Yanagisawa of the University of Tsukuba was one of the winners of the prize for his research program that contributed to the creation of sleep-inducing drugs.
Japan Times
Aug 13, 2022
Summertime sadness: How to manage the warm weather blues
Think seasonal affective disorder is a winter-only woe? In Japan's scorching summers, think again.
Japan Times
Jun 25, 2022
Global warming leading to sleep loss and wider disparities
With higher nighttime temperatures, individuals are already losing 44 hours of sleep per year on average, representing an additional 11 nights of less than the recommended seven hours.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital
Aug 8, 2021
Struggling with sleepless nights? 'Sleep masters' and AI are here to help.
One-third of a person's life is said to be given over to sleep — but getting enough of it, and of sufficient quality, can be a challenge for many people, especially under the duress of a worldwide pandemic.
Japan Times
Aug 7, 2021
The Japanese don’t sleep on trains because it’s safe — they’re exhausted!
Surveying 500 businesspeople aged 20 to 69, President found that 74.2% claimed to have trouble sleeping. This puts them at risk of exhaustion, depression, cancer and dementia.
Japan Times
Aug 3, 2021
The man behind the Olympic 'anti-sex' beds speaks out
The Airweave beds at Tokyo 2020 have taken a pounding on social media, but CEO Motokuni Takaoka says they can handle it all.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 21, 2021
Hitting snooze: Pandemic let people sleep an extra 10 minutes in 2020
The average daily sleeping time in 14 countries, including Japan, increased nearly 10 minutes in 2020, a study found, as the virus prevented more people from going out.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Mar 6, 2021
Can't sleep? Treat yourself like a baby
Techniques used to help babies snooze may also work on grown-ups.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Nov 7, 2020
Americans lost 138 million hours of sleep on election night
In the U.S., election night was the low point of the year when it comes to sleep.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on