Rock-a-bye Mousey

Mouse in a cup on top of grass.

(singing) Rockabye mousie, in the tree-top…. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Being rocked to sleep – it’s not just for babies! Laying on a hammock on a hot summer’s day will make anybody yawn. But are there other species that love being swayed baaaaaack

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Tough Love

Tough love – sometimes it pays off! Even for… BABIES? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Are we bad parents if we let Junior “cry it out”? Some experts say it leads to attachment issues and increases crying. Others think tough love has no effect

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The Sleepy Gene

I’m not asleep -just resting my eyes! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We’re all familiar with the lure of an afternoon siesta! Could those heavy lids be a result of something other than a big lunch? Amita Sehgal at the University of Pennsylvania is

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Memory Multiplier

Exam time? Or CRAM time?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Where’s that file the boss asked for? Where did I put my keys??! In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we can’t remember EVERYTHING!  If only we had a brain boost! Studies have

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Hunting for Zzzzzs

Parents, what’s with teens and SLEEPING? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Your teens are night owls. They hit the hay just as their grandparents are waking up. Why is this? Enter David Samson at the University of Toronto. He and his colleagues went to

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Power Nap

Shhh! Something magical is happening! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science…and naps! Ah, nap time – that sacred time of day! Particularly for parents of babies. Nothing like quiet time to reclaim some sanity! In the U.S., nap time disappears as children grow older. But

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Sleep-athon

How’s that New Year’s resolution working out – NOT? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. I know, I know – we vowed to exercise more this year! But our days are hectic – who has the time? Exercising at night might be the only option.

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Prescription for a Dream

Can’t remember your dreams? Take your vitamins! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Psychologists think that “lucid dreaming” – when you’re aware that you’re having a dream – can help people overcome nightmares. Some people keep dream journals to help them be more aware of

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Amped-Up Memory

Your brain – what’s it up to…at night? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. It’s not just cooking up bizarre dreams! Sleep is also thought to affect memory formation.. Our natural electrical brain activity helps seal in those memories, converting them from short-term to long-term.

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