In our work-obsessed society, getting enough sleep each night is one of the most essential yet seemingly impossible tasks we face. Netflix, Instagram and our chattering inner monologues all serve to foil us when we hop into bed hoping for a night of unbroken sleep.
If there’s one thing that’s worse than a night of bad sleep in our own beds, it’s a night of sleep when the bed we’re hopping into isn’t our own. Be it a bed at your partner’s, friend’s or the house of a random hook up, we always wake up feeling more groggy than if we’d slept in our own bed.
So what’s actually going on here? Sleep scientists Masako Tamaki and Yuka Sasaki found that when sleeping in a new environment, only half of your brain is actually asleep. When sleeping in an unfamiliar place, the left hemisphere of your brain remains active, in an effect known as First-Night-Effect (FNE).
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