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Consumer Reports Magazine

February 2016
February 2016

Cover Story

How to Fall Asleep the Natural Way
Changing your sleep habits is a powerful fix, free of side effects
Smartphone Apps Can Sound as Good as a White-Noise Machine
Both aim to quickly send you into slumber
Can the Sleep Shepherd Sleeping Cap Lull You Into Sweet Slumber?
The maker of this biofeedback sleeping cap claims that it whispers sleep signals into your ears
The Problem With Sleeping Pills
The benefits might be smaller than you hoped for, and the risks may be greater
What Can Happen When You Drive Drugged
You could be arrested—and worse
What Is a Sleep Coach, and Do You Need One?
Why Americans Can't Sleep
People are desperate for shut-eye, and turning to drugs, supplements, and high-tech gadgets for help
The Dangers of Drowsy Driving
Nodding off at the wheel kills almost as many Americans each year as drunk driving
Does Melatonin Really Help You Sleep?
This naturally occurring sleep hormone may not be as effective, or safe, as you think
3 Blue Blockers Put to the Test
Light from smart gadgets can keep you awake, but these eyeglasses are meant to guard against that
Sleep Tracker: Gimmick or Great Gadget?
Fitness bands and in-bed sensors cater to the data-driven who hope that the gear will ­reveal their sleep patterns
The Best Pillow for a Good Night's Sleep
Finding the right pillow depends on your sleep position and the filling you prefer
The Right Mattress at the Right Price
Ignore the ads. Here's how to find the best bed for you.


Facial Recognition: Who's Tracking You in Public?
New technology is moving into the world of department stores, casinos, and cruise ships—and even churches. How freaked out should you be?
How Facial Recognition Works
Facial recognition research by online companies like Facebook, commercial vendors, and universities is making the technology faster and more accurate

Lab Tests

The Right Exercise Equipment for You
How to match your equipment to your lifestyle


2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Review
If it were 1996, this would be a great SUV, but today, it’s just plain behind the times
2016 Scion iM Review
The Scion iM is a zippy, Euro- style compact, but it didn’t blow our doors off
2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T Review
A high-mpg diesel alternative, this gas-powered VW is worth a test drive

Up Front

Prevent Identity Theft When Filing Taxes This Year
File early, and be alert for IRS impersonators and tax frauds
4 Reasons to File Taxes Early
Getting a speedy refund is only one reason to send in your 1040 as soon as you get all your forms and statements


Viewpoint: When Bigger Is Better--and When It's Not
Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers
Putting Your Worries to Bed
Consumer Reports President, Marta L. Tellado, highlights Consumer Reports' investigative work regarding privacy in the age of facial recognition software; child car seats; and how to get a better night's sleep

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