No one really knows why we spend one-third of our lives asleep. Until recently, research into the science behind sleep has been, well, sleepy, despite booms in both sleep anxiety and the industry surrounding it. Here, Harriet Fitch Little goes deep into sleep to find that, much like the human body itself, there’s no perfect formula. This essay appeared in Issue Twenty-Three in Spring 2017. https://api.spreaker.com/v2/episodes/24886635/download.mp3 — TwitterFacebookPinterest Related Stories Audio Diets Through the Ages A history of bad advice. Audio Rising Stars What does the future hold for astrology? Audio Beyond Monogamy How does non-monogamy work? Audio The History of Personality Tests Strongly agree, agree, or disagree? Audio A Guide to Sleep How sleep became the ultimate luxury. Audio The Great Influencer Scam Breaking down the logic of MLMs. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Tapping into Social Norms Five podcast episodes that interrogate the social codes that shape our behaviour. Fashion Music Partnerships Slow Sound Meet the musicians creating seasonal soundscapes from color swatches, in partnership with lifestyle brand Toast. Audio In Defense of Loneliness What’s the difference between loneliness and solitude? Audio The New Narcissism Should you learn to love thy selfie? Audio What happened to life hacking? On the rise and decline of an internet philosophy. Audio The Economy of Ideas Why is everyone reading Sapiens? Audio Algorithms: The Ultimate Influencer On the hidden forces that shape your taste. Audio A Gendered History of the Muse On women who inspire men.