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Consumer Reports Magazine | February

Published: February 2016
February 2016

Cover Story

Why Americans Can't Sleep People are desperate for shut-eye, and turning to drugs, supplements, and high-tech gadgets for help.
The Problem With Sleeping Pills The benefits might be smaller than you hoped for, and the risks may be greater.
Does Melatonin Really Help You Sleep? This naturally occurring sleep hormone may not be as effective, or safe, as you think.
What Can Happen When You Drive Drugged You could be arrested—and worse.
How to Fall Asleep the Natural Way Changing your sleep habits is a powerful fix, free of side effects.
What Is a Sleep Coach, and Do You Need One? There are coaches for everything these days—life, relationships, business, and now sleep.
The Dangers of Drowsy Driving Nodding off at the wheel kills almost as many Americans each year as drunk driving.
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.
3 Blue Blockers Put to the Test Light from smart gadgets can keep you awake, but these eyeglasses are meant to guard against that.
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.
Smartphone Apps Can Sound as Good as a White-Noise Machine Both aim to quickly send you into slumber.
The Right Mattress at the Right Price Ignore the ads. Here's how to find the best bed for you.
The Best Pillow for a Good Night's Sleep Finding the right pillow depends on your sleep position and the filling you prefer.


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


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 Fraud prevention is only one reason to send in your 1040 as soon as you get all of your forms and statements.


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.
Viewpoint: When Bigger Is Better and When It's Not This page highlights efforts by Consumers Union and others to improve the marketplace.
Selling It Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers.

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