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Dream Job: Buenos Aires Experiment Puts Sleeping Skills On Display

An experiment in the Argentine capital sought to find out why some people sleep so well. Two young people stood out from the rest thanks to a certain inner tranquility and routines that get them in the snoozy mode. Next thing you know, they're out...

BUENOS AIRES — Chiara and Kevin have an unusual, and occasionally very useful, talent: the ability to doze off at the drop of a hat. Their enviable ability even earned them a little job consisting of, well, sleeping.

I watched them sleeping in two large beds inside a shop front on Godoy Cruz, in the Palermo Hollywood district of Buenos Aires. Chiara Torruella (19) and Kevin Raud (27), both about to graduate as systems engineers, were asked to take a nap there at exactly half-past-three in the afternoon.

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Internet Insomnia, The New Scourge Of Our Nights

LAUSANNE — There are books and newspaper articles, technologies promising relief, even theater productions devoted to the topic. Indeed, it seems like everyone is talking about insomnia these days.

In Switzerland, insomnia already affects about a third of the population, according to a study carried out between 2009 and 2012 by the Center for Investigation and Research in Sleep at Lausanne University Hospital. And it's only getting worse, say doctors José Haba-Rubio and Raphaël Heinzer, authors a book entitled Je rêve de dormir ("I Dream of Sleeping"). "We are clearly facing a public health problem," Heinzer insists.

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You Are A User: How Silicon Valley Turns Your Smartphone Into A Drug

The many ways your iPhone or Android, and their apps, are built to hook you like a drug user. The UX (user experience) designers are confessing to their sins.


LAUSANNE — It's a Swiss Army knife. A digital cuddly toy. But more importantly, it's an extremely powerful magnet. Every day, iPhone owners unlock their devices 80 times. That's five to six times per hour, if you consider 12 hours of use a day. This figure, revealed by Apple, doesn't say it all. People's interactions with their smartphones are indeed far more numerous than that. On average, people touch their screens 2,617 time every day, according to a study by research firm Dscout. We are obsessed with our smartphones.

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Buenos Aires Wakes Up To The Importance Of New Age Siestas

Companies and universities in Argentina are encouraging naps to boost the productivity and mood of students and workers.

BUENOS AIRES — Napping, a Mediterranean habit now spreading to distant countries, is being seen as a way to boost the productivity of employees.

In Argentina, which may have had and then lost, the siesta tradition due to cultural ties to Spain and Italy, firms and universities are creating napping spaces to counter the exhaustion, distraction and irritability that peaks around 2 p.m.

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Seeing Things At Sea: When Solo Round-The-World Sailors Start To Hallucinate

GENEVA – The disappearance of many sailors has been blamed on something that doesn't quite seem real: hallucinations, which have even prompted sailors to believe they had reached port and to climb over the railing of their boat.

Loss of lucidity, loss of bearings – sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on a sailor’s mind, to the point where it creates a state very similar to a hallucinatory drug trip.

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