Maybe math hasn't contributed much to improve your daily rest. (Or maybe, at times, it has.)
But while we don't understand all the reasons for why the human body even needs sleep, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York state are taking a new approach to understanding the science of sleep, using mathematics. The research includes mathematical models measuring how environmental, medical or physical changes to the human body affect sleep, in order to more fully understand the sleep-wake cycle.
So while you may still be recovering from the hour of sleep you lost during our recent "spring forward," we might soon have more scientific understanding of the impact that such sleep factors have on our bodies.