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.

Recent posts on Sleep

unsplash.com/pexels.com

Rest for Success

It's not what you do—it's how you actively rest.

Chris Cornell: When Suicide Doesn’t Make Sense

What might have been happening inside the rock star's mind.

3 Ways Overthinking Hurts More Than It Helps

Whether you beat yourself up for a mistake you made last week, or you fret about how you're going to succeed tomorrow, overthinking everything can be debilitating.

Naps Help Preschoolers Learn Language

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 12, 2017 in Open Gently
Small children learn words more easily if they get enough sleep.
Pixabay Free Images CC0 Public Domain Free for commercial use  No attribution required

Optimal Sleep Times for Children and Adolescents

Want to know how much sleep your teenager needs?

Streamin' Demon: Binge-Watching Isn't Good for Sleep

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on May 05, 2017 in Screen Time
Streaming television has become part of daily life. Watching before bed sounds like a blast, but the technology may affect your sleep.

Short vs. Long Dreams: Are There Any Differences in Content?

A word search analysis of a five-year selection from my own dream journal reveals the same consistent patterns of content in both the shorter and longer reports.

Every Morning, I Wake Up Feeling So Tired, Why?

Whatever you are doing right now, stop and go take a nap. Preferably alone.

Dreams Aren't Child's Play, or Are They?

By Susan Scheftel Ph.D. on May 03, 2017 in Evolving Minds
Can we ever understand the mystery of dreams? What children's play can reveal about the nature of dreaming.

The Well-Being Wheel: An Experiential Activity

This blog describes an experiential activity to lead groups in rich discussions about their well-being.
unsplash.com/pexels.com

Change, Little Bit by Little Bit

Large changes start small. Sometimes they stay that way.

Having a Hard Time Sleeping? Do Nothing!

Do you toss and turn in bed? Can’t get to sleep (or go back to sleep) no matter what you do? New research suggests there may be a path forward, and it isn’t what you think…

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.

Is "Your Relationship" Another Reason to Drink Coffee?

Our everyday experiences, like how much sleep we get and whether we drink caffeine, may affect our relationship satisfaction.

Brains Have Owners

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Memory Medic
Is there an avatar in your brain called "I"? Neuroscience suggests this is the case.
unsplash.com/pexels.com

Is Trazodone the New Brain Wonder Drug?

Will an old, cheap drug end Alzheimer's?

Need a Midday Energy Boost? Skip the Caffeine, Take a Walk

Brief bouts of low-to-moderate intensity physical activity are more energizing than a 50 mg dose of caffeine (such as a can of soda or shot of espresso), according to a new study.

How to Calm Your Restless Nights

We know sleeplessness is "all in our head," but here's how you can put your head to bed.

The Dreams of a Religious Cult Member

What can a thirty-year long dream journal reveal about the life of an ex-member of a religious cult?

Imprinting and the Epigenetics of the Brain and Sleep

One of the best-understood epigenetic mechanisms—genomic imprinting—explains much about both sleep and the brain.
megaflopp/BigStock

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Sleep deprivation has been linked to increases in depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, as well as memory and cognitive problems.

Train Too Much and a Dog Won't Remember

Back to back training sessions involving different tasks impairs a dog's long-term memory of what he has learned

8 Easy Strategies to Combat Insomnia

There are simple things you can do, both behaviorally, and in your head, that can lead to satisfying and restful sleep.
unsplash.com/pexels.com

Are We Dreaming All the Time?

Is dreaming truly different from wakefulness?
Lori Russell-Chapin

Does Neurocounseling Education Impact Age Differently?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on April 15, 2017 in Brain Waves
Is it possible that neurocounseling and bridging brain and behavior can help us live more effectively and be helpful for any age group?

The Neural Correlates of Dreaming

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on April 15, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Dreaming can occur in all sleep states and is associated with a particular brain region.
with permission from Pexels.com

Restorative Sleep Is Vital to Brain Health

Restorative sleep is vital to a healthy brain. But what if you can't sleep?

Why Parenthood Often Lowers Well-Being—Especially for Moms

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on April 05, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Recent research suggests that being a parent lowers well-being when it makes it hard to fulfill our fundamental psychological needs. There are ways to reclaim our happiness.

The Relationship Between Depression and Excessive Sleepiness

A recent study casts doubt on the assumed relationship.

10 Ways to Protect the Brain from Daily Screen Time

You may have heard that screen-time can wreak havoc on children's nervous systems. But aside from restricting technology, what can parents do to buffer against overstimulation?