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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By Gary L. Wenk Ph.D. on June 19, 2017 in Your Brain on Food
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For New Dads - Keys To A Great Experience

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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
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By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 12, 2017 in Open Gently
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Streamin' Demon: Binge-Watching Isn't Good for Sleep

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on May 05, 2017 in Screen Time
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By Susan Scheftel Ph.D. on May 03, 2017 in Evolving Minds
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This blog describes an experiential activity to lead groups in rich discussions about their well-being.
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Get Better Sleep

The National Institute of Health estimates that more than 40 million Americans have sleep disorders. Yet there are several key strategies to get better sleep.