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Better Sleep Can Build Emotional Resilience

A new study suggests that people who naturally get more REM sleep may be less sensitive to frightening things.
Source: Jorge Silva / Reuters

There might have been a secret reason Albert Einstein could make a decision as scary as the one he made in 1939, when he went against his personal pacifist convictions and encouraged President Franklin Roosevelt to pursue the research necessary to make an atomic bomb. “I was well aware of the dreadful danger for all mankind, if these experiments would succeed,” Einstein later wrote.

A strange life hack might have contributed to his coolheaded attitude toward the.

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