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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School Start Time Movement Hits a Bump in the Road

California school start time bill fails.
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Animating Dreams and the Future of Dream Recording

By Michelle Carr Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in Dream Factory
A proof of concept study explores muscle signals during sleep to recreate an animated dream avatar.
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How Melatonin Helps You Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Learn all about how melatonin can help sleep and bio time.

Should You Let Your Dog Sleep in Bed With You?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 14, 2017 in Canine Corner
A new study offers guidance on the choice to snuggle up with a favorite canine.

3 Tips to Give Your Brain the Sleep It Needs

A few tips can help transform your sleep-deprived brain into a sharper, faster version of itself.

Contagious Yawning is Hard-wired

New research suggests that the propensity for contagious yawning is rooted in the excitation and inhibition of the primary motor cortex.
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A Sleep Pioneer’s Labor of Love

By Kathleen Frazier on September 09, 2017 in From Sleepwalker to Sound Sleeper
Afraid to seek help for a sleep disorder? Find a great sleep physician.

Want to Feel More Upbeat? Here Are 8 Natural Antidepressants

By Susan Heitler Ph.D. on September 07, 2017 in Resolution, Not Conflict
Try this formula to ease mild to moderate depressed moods.

Exercise and Its Benefits for Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Making exercise part of your regular routine can contribute to healthier, more restful sleep—and may help improve sleep issues such as insomnia.
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Give Sleep a Chance

As modern life increasingly disrupts nighttime sleep, it's really useful to nap.

What You Need to Know About L-theanine

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Are you looking for ways to sleep better at night while also feeling relaxed during the day?

Hack Your Brain to Sidestep Jet Lag

By Andrea Bartz on August 25, 2017 in The Wandering Mind
A neurological approach to feeling better, fast.

Four Ways to More Restful Sleep

A few simple steps can pave the way to consistently refreshing sleep. A tranquil bedroom arranged for the senses, and a consistent routine are the key.

How the Enlightenment Went Astray on Dreaming

To create a healthy ecosystem for technologically enhanced dream exploration, we must make sure we accept and trust the philosophical assumptions built into that ecosystem.
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Dream Deprived: A Modern Epidemic?

By Michelle Carr Ph.D. on August 22, 2017 in Dream Factory
Dr. Rubin Naiman of the Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, claims we are experiencing a "silent epidemic of REM sleep deprivation."

What Hunter-Gatherers Tell Us About Natural Sleep Patterns

By Dan Pardi MS on August 21, 2017 in Personal Health Mastery
Many of us live with less than desirable daily alertness. Can this be explained by a natural phenomenon evolved to protect hunter-gatherer groups from predators?

Asleep at the Wheel

Earlier this month two Federal agencies announced they were backing off on a new rule meant to better protect the public from a truck/train barreling down on us out of control...
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Interpreting signs and symbols

Signs and symbols expressed by the patient’s unconscious in dreams may enable health care professionals to identify the pernicious onset of delirium.

What Is There to Worry About?

By Graham C.L. Davey Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Why We Worry
At least half of our daily worries would’ve meant nothing in our parents’ era and are the product of new technologies and modern lifestyles.

Jet Lagged? Here's What to Do About It

Planning an end-of-summer trip? Here's how to protect yourself from jet lag!

On Your Adolescents Getting Up in the Morning

It's hard for adolescents to get up in the morning, especially if they suffer from depression and other mental illnesses. What tips can we get from published research?

Sleep and the Social Brain

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Each night key structures of the social brain are deactivated during NREM and then reactivated during REM. Why?

What Were You Doing in My Dream?

Dreams can be weird, original, and surprising. Who exactly is in charge of them?

Your Dreams: Interpreted and Drawn

By Michelle Carr Ph.D. on August 14, 2017 in Dream Factory
DreamsID is a new touring performance art project between dream scientist Professor Mark Blagrove, and artist and illustrator Dr. Julia Lockheart.

Seven Studies Show That Virtue Truly Is Its Own Reward

By Meg Selig on August 09, 2017 in Changepower
Is virtue really its own reward? These seven studies suggest that good actions actually do bring a surprising wealth of benefits to those who help others.

Dogs: Putting Selection for "Tameness" To Sleep

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Mark Derr offers evidence that dogs and humans were made for each other. He argues that sociability, along with a​ delayed onset of fear, were the keys for wolves to become dogs.

Who is Sleeping the Worst, Women or Men?

By David DiSalvo on August 05, 2017 in Neuronarrative
Women aren't sleeping well, according to recent research, and often the reason is sleeping right next to them.

The Baby Box Craze

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on August 04, 2017 in Child in Mind
Many states are jumping on the Baby Box bandwagon. To accurately model the Finland Baby Box, programs that promote social connection, such as home visiting, must also be in place.

In Pain? Five Simple, Effective Things You Can Do Right Now

Struggling with chronic pain? It's linked to increased levels of anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Here are five simple, low-cost therapies can help you start feeling better.
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You Really Need to Be Tracking Your Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Recording and working with your dreams on a regular basis may allow you to better predict your illnesses, cultivate your creativity and improve your daily social interactions.