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

Sneaky SAD

By Michael Terman Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 Chronotherapy
I thought I was going to skip a year of SAD in November of 2015. I was feeling symptom-free! But I didn't count on a gradual onset, one stealthy symptom at a time.

Do Your Dreams Have Meaning?

By Meir H. Kryger M.D. on February 10, 2016 Sleep and Be Well
All people dream. Dreams have been the stuff of philosophers, artists, writers, scientists, and therapists. But what do dreams really mean?

Do Separate Bedrooms Signal Marriage Problems?

A couple’s sex life can improve when they have found a sleeping arrangement that allows good quality sleep for both of them.

Dreams of Death

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 Think, Act, Be
Some people believe it's impossible to die in your dreams. Thankfully that's not true.

Dreams of Technology

A word search analysis of 16,000 dream reports reveals which kinds of modern technology have most influenced people's dreams in terms of their frequency of appearance.

Four Levels of Lucid Dreaming

Knowing that you are dreaming is the first step to lucid dreaming but there are at least four levels of lucid dreaming. How do you get there?

Always Late? 9 Tips for Overcoming Chronic Lateness.

By Gretchen Rubin on February 01, 2016 The Happiness Project
Many people have the habit of constantly running late — and they drive themselves, and other people, crazy.

5 Tips for Sleeping Well with Chronic Pain

Is your child with chronic pain not sleeping well? Check out 5 tips to improve your child's sleep.

Avoid Stressful Sleep Training and Get the Sleep You Need

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 31, 2016 Moral Landscapes
Should you condition your baby not to cry or use clever nudges that keep baby secure? There is a way!

Tweeting, Not Sleeping? Balancing Sleep and Social Media

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on January 28, 2016 Sleep Newzzz
According to just-released research, time spent on social media may be seriously undermining nightly rest.

Sleeping Together: The Intimacy of Sharing a Bed

By Isadora Alman MFT on January 28, 2016 Sex & Sociability
Intimacy takes many forms. Sharing a bed for sleep is one of them.

Why Do Dogs Turn in Circles Before Lying Down?

New data helps to explain why dogs spin around in circles before laying down — it's all about comfort.

Dreaming in Depression (And Other Mental Illness)

By Michelle Carr on January 25, 2016 Dream Factory
Depression, schizophrenia, and personality disorder have been associated with frequent and distressing nightmares, along with several other qualities of disturbed dreaming.

Consciousness and Dreams

Every day we sleep, but not every sleep has memorable dreams. When we do recall our dreams, they can be mundane or surreal and nonsensical. Is there a reason for having dreams?

7 Simple Yoga Tips for Better Sleep

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on January 19, 2016 Urban Survival
More than 55% of people who do yoga get better sleep. Find out how you can use yoga to get better rest.

A More Sleep-Friendly iPhone on the Way? It's About Time!

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 Sleep Newzzz
Apple is moving toward making its handheld devices more sleep friendly. Included in an upgrade for Apple’s iOS operating system is an app called “Night Shift.”

Using Your Body Clocks

If everyone has different body clocks, how do we get them to work together?

Shouldn't You Just Go to Bed Already?

By Jordan Gaines Lewis on January 14, 2016 Brain Babble
I have a big test tomorrow. Should I stay up late and study, or just let myself sleep?

Keep From Reaching Your Breaking Point

Tension and stress often build over time—but we often ignore the signs until it is too late. Here's how to change that.

A Workover: How I Can I Be More Focused at Work?"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 11, 2016 How To Do Life
I asked questions to pin down the cause and then proposed a solution.

Interminable Terminal Insomnia, Part II

By Michael Terman Ph.D. on January 10, 2016 Chronotherapy
How does a clinical social worker proficient in sleep hygiene cope with persistent terminal insomnia? Abigail concludes her exploration of treatment for her holdout symptom of SAD.

New Ways to Renew Your Body?

To get new results, combine old, proven ways.

Unlocking the sleep-gut connection

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on January 08, 2016 Sleep Newzzz
What relationship exists between sleep and this microbial ecosystem within the human body? Emerging science demonstrates that there is a very real, dynamic connection between the m

Interminable Terminal Insomnia

By Michael Terman Ph.D. on January 08, 2016 Chronotherapy
How does a clinical social worker proficient in sleep hygiene cope with persistent terminal insomnia? Abigail details her struggle with her least favorite symptom of SAD.

Dopamine and Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on January 08, 2016 Dream Catcher
Dopamine is central to motivation and reward and may be central to dreams as well.

A Day in the Life with Chronic Illness

Chronic pain and illness don't affect everyone the same way. That said, I’ve heard from people all over the world and our day-to-day lives are strikingly similar.

Practical Advice for Parents Dealing With Bedwetting

By David J Ley Ph.D. on January 06, 2016 Women Who Stray
Parents and children dealing with nighttime bedwetting often deal with tremendous shame around an embarrassing secret. But there are ways to deal with it.

Exercise Improves Sleep, but Maybe Not How You Think

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on January 05, 2016 Think, Act, Be
Aerobic exercise helps sleep, but not always in the way we expect it to.

Neural Pathways to Sleep

By John Cline Ph.D. on January 03, 2016 Sleepless in America
New understanding of neurotransmitter systems involved in sleep and wakefulness is helping guide the development of new treatment approaches to sleep disorders such as insomnia.

Teenagers and Sleep

Here are seven practical tips from the parenting trenches for supporting your teen's needs for healthy sleep.