For many of us, sleep is the sweet balm that soothes and restores us after a long day of work and play. But for those for whom sleep is elusive or otherwise troubled, the issue is far more fraught. Most people, at some point in their lives, experience difficulty falling asleep. Other parasomnias—such as sleep apnea, night terrors, narcolepsy, and sleep paralysis—are surprisingly common. The good news is that treatment of sleep disorders is progressing rapidly, with new advances appearing every month.

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Purpose and Sleep

Does a sense of purpose lead to better slumber?

The Secret to a Good Night’s Sleep? Purpose.

By Lydia Denworth on July 26, 2017 in Brain Waves
Having trouble sleeping? A new study reveals that having purpose in daily life leads to better quality of sleep at night, and even prevents sleep disorders.

Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 11

By Michael Jawer on July 22, 2017 in Feeling Too Much
Some dreams can serve as a virtual x-ray, indicating what’s happening in the body. The process illustrates how life-threatening trauma may generate its own distress signals.

How to Live Well with Bipolar Disorder

By David Leite on July 11, 2017 in Notes on a Banana
Bipolar disorder can take it toll. These six life strategies can make all the difference.
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The Lexicon of Delirium

We must depart from traditional perspectives on delirium that have presented it as an entity without history, and one bordering on a transcendent ideal.

How to Address 7 of the Most Unhelpful Beliefs About Sleep

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on July 10, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Bad sleep opens the door for thoughts that only make sleep worse. Find out what some of the most troubling thoughts are, and how to fix them.
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Too Hot to Handle

What happens to us when it's too hot?

Botanical Treatment Options for Traumatic Stress

Hanai ‘awa a ikaika ka makani. Feed with kava so that the spirit may gain strength. —Hawaiian Proverb
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Treatment of Insomnia: Cannabis Reconsidered Part 4

By John Cline Ph.D. on June 30, 2017 in Sleepless in America
While many patients are using medical cannabis to treat insomnia, and research progress is being made, there is much that needs to be done to insure efficacy and safety.
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Treatment of Insomnia: Cannabis Reconsidered, Part Three

By John Cline Ph.D. on June 30, 2017 in Sleepless in America
Increasing numbers of patients are using medical marijuana for treatment of their insomnia. Patients need reliable information about what it does and how it works.

I Know How You Felt Last Night

By Michelle Carr on June 30, 2017 in Dream Factory
Are dreams more frequently emotional or neutral? Are they more negative or positive, or balanced? Recent research claims that 'how you measure is what you get.'
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Freedom From Sleep Disorders This Independence Day

By Kathleen Frazier on June 29, 2017 in From Sleepwalker to Sound Sleeper
Is it possible to free yourself from debilitating insomnia? What about terrifying sleepwalking or sleep terrors? Peaceful slumber is possible, one night at a time.
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Driving Asleep

Sleep is like food. You really need it before you take the wheel.

The Importance of Sleep: The Brain's Laundry Cycle

By Jean Kim M.D. on June 28, 2017 in Culture Shrink
Evidence shows sleep washes and repairs the brain and maintains our health; as a society we shouldn't neglect the importance of sleep hygiene.
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Treatment of Insomnia: Cannabis Reconsidered Part 2

By John Cline Ph.D. on June 28, 2017 in Sleepless in America
Cannabis is being increasingly used for its medicinal and psychotherapeutic potential. Does it have the properties necessary to be an effective treatment for insomnia?

Sleep, Genetic Conflict, and Human Longevity

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Non-optimal sleep durations carry a differential cost for males because too little or too much sleep is associated with defective sperm quality and shorter telomere lengths.
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How to Win at Sports

Can changing internal temperature make muscles stronger? Can biological clocks make you more fit?

Some Resources for People Interested in Sleep and Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Big data initiatives in sleep and dreams will revolutionize sleep and dream research.

7 Tips for Becoming More Mindful

By Leena S. Guptha DO on June 20, 2017 in Embodied Wellness
Feeling tired? Stressed out at work? Implementing some mindfulness techniques into your life can work wonders!

Are Your Medications Giving You Nightmares?

By Gary L. Wenk Ph.D. on June 19, 2017 in Your Brain on Food
Given how widespread the use of many of these medications has become, it is amazing that most of us do not experience a nightmare every night.

How to Avoid Taking Your Work-Related Stress Home With You

If you're mistreated at work, you're more likely to mistreat your loved ones. Studies show these two strategies end that cycle.

For New Dads - Keys To A Great Experience

What do new fathers need? A review of survey findings and pragmatic tips about how to avoid common mistakes and make the most of your first years as a father.

How Our Thoughts Change When We Fall Asleep

By Michelle Carr on June 15, 2017 in Dream Factory
“It seems that in REM sleep, to think is to do… that is, to realise any possibility that presents itself."

Thoughts in the Brain, Awake and Asleep

By Michelle Carr on June 15, 2017 in Dream Factory
A recent study suggests thoughts share a certain neural substrate across different states of wake and sleep, although the content of these thoughts changes during sleep.
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Sleep in Space

Beautiful, yes. Restful? Not so much.

Could the Seasons Affect Your Mood?

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that occurs during the same season each year thought to be caused by the lack of sunlight that may upset your biological clock.

Your Mental Health Musts

Nine essential habits for good mental health

A Boundary Overstepped

What should a teenage girl should do if her dad has poor boundaries?

Sleeping with a Narcissist? Always Keep One Eye Open!

There are four questions to ask yourself if you feel that your partner is a sexual narcissist.