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

Intimate Partner Abuse: Walk Away Before the Cycle Starts

We should never live in fear of the people who say they love us.

Living in the Here and Now

By Susan Hooper on February 26, 2015 in Detours and Tangents
For most of my life, I have wanted to be somewhere else, living an entirely different life. A calendar from years ago showed me that I had then—and may even have now—a life that other people might envy.

ADHD and Weed: What’s the Draw?

Does marijuana help with ADHD?

Should Health Care Providers Joke About Patients?

By Jean Kim M.D. on February 26, 2015 in Culture Shrink
Medical Gallows Humor can help providers cope, but at what cost to the care provider-patient relationship?

A Mother's Love: Myths, Misconceptions, and Truths

By Peg Streep on February 26, 2015 in Tech Support
Commonly held ideas about motherhood shape the dialogue we have culturally, get in the way of understanding parent-child conflict, and affect each of us individually by setting a high and sometimes impossible standard. Why it's time to banish some of the myths that animate the discussion and start a new conversation.

The Psychology of Wonder

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on February 26, 2015 in Statistical Life
Who we are is a consequence of our internal model, and when we change that by learning something new, we change our understanding of ourselves.

Coping With Traumatic Brain Injury

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on February 26, 2015 in Talking About Trauma
Tricia Williams, a clinical neuropsychologist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, explains how to improve child development and mental health for individuals coping with a TBI.

Grief: Is It Different for Suicide?

26 years after I first began figuring out how to tell people that my dad died by suicide, I’m still figuring it out. It’s not any easier.

Data Analytics in Baseball and Dream Research

This may be the sharpest distinction between data analytics in baseball and dream research: the former is a relatively closed system, and the latter is a wide open system, perhaps the most wide open system in human psychology.

What Makes it Easier to Be Kind to Strangers Than Loved Ones

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on February 24, 2015 in Off the Couch
Ann and Bob have been married for five years and, after trying to get pregnant for two years, have just had their first baby. Their friends and family are all thrilled for them. And while they are both excited to be parents at last, they are also exhausted, anxious and miserable.

New Sleep Guidelines to Keep Youth Healthy

By Richard Taite on February 24, 2015 in Ending Addiction for Good
Without regular age appropriate amounts of sleep, adolescents are at risk for developing a variety of conditions such as depression, anxiety, weight change, and sometimes insomnia.

How Changes in Media Use Can Transform Mental Health

By Rebecca Jackson on February 24, 2015 in School of Thought
Morning grouchiness is not an uncommon complaint from parents—especially parents of teenagers. But what happens when your child's mood doesn't improve throughout the day—when your child seems to be terminally bad-tempered? This case study examines the effect of media multitasking on a teenage boy's mental health.

Ebb and Flow

By Stephen Gray Wallace on February 24, 2015 in Decisions Teens Make
Overuse of technology by young people may result in distraction, stress and impaired performance. Help them find flow!

The Secret Reason You Can't Lose Weight

By Temma Ehrenfeld on February 24, 2015 in Open Gently
Getting adequate sleep is essential to any diet.

Personality Disorders Explained 2: Origins

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on February 24, 2015 in Feeling Our Way
Every cognitive map of the social world also defines a role for the person to play; a personality disorder implies a limited number of acceptable roles.

How to Slow Down Your Busy Life

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on February 24, 2015 in Making Change
If you feel overwhelmed by the pace of your life, it is time that you slow it all down and take back control. It will make your life better and you happier. You can do this by using four basic approaches.

Resolving Social Conflict Between Familiar Cats

Cats may abruptly begin fighting with a cat they have known for years. Other times, a cat may dislike a new cat from the very first introduction. Have you ever had cats that did not get along? Please share your cat’s story and how you resolved the problem of quarreling kitties.

Moody Teen? Three Strategies That Help

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on February 23, 2015 in Thinking About Kids
It's not hormones that make teens volatile and moody, it's their crazy schedule and their physical needs. Teens grow as fast as toddlers and - like toddlers - will throw tantrums when they don't get what they want and need. You can't change their school days, but you can help them get what they need to stay happy and be easier to live with.

Good Reasons to Join the Mindfulness and Yoga Trend

By Temma Ehrenfeld on February 23, 2015 in Open Gently
You do have time to meditate--all you need is 12 minutes a day.

After the Break-Up: When Moving On Seems Impossible

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on February 22, 2015 in Laugh, Cry, Live
It’s impossible to win love when you feel like a loser. If you’re trying to recover a lost relationship, convinced s/he’s the one, yet feeling unworthy, then the affirmations in my popular post “Coping with Distress and Agony After a Break-Up” may fall short. Inspired by a recent comment, here are strategies for reclaiming your power and recovering yourself, first.

What Exactly Is “The Best Interest of the Child”?

A truly child-focused approach positions children’s needs at the forefront of “best interests” considerations, along with corresponding parental and social institutional responsibilities to these needs.

The Sound Of Silence

By Lynne Soraya on February 21, 2015 in Asperger's Diary
I have recently come face-to-face with a fact about myself: I have a problem with silence. I’m not really sure why.

The Vicious Virtuous Circle

Anywhere you jump in the vicious virtuous circle is okay, because each of these crucial practices reinforces the other.

Awakening

By G.A. Bradshaw Ph.D., Ph.D. on February 21, 2015 in Bear in Mind
A beautiful new book, "Turning Points in Compassion," shows that the animal rights movement has come of age. Through the moving and informative narratives of animal advocates around the world, we discover that underneath the relentless hand of animal exploitation, a new paradigm of "radical kindness" has emerged.

Are you addicted?

Smoking is an addiction that is costly for the smoker, for their loved ones and for society. some of the common myths of quitting smoking (and other addictions) are explored.....

Discussing Illness Without Alienating the Ill

By Julie K Hersh on February 20, 2015 in Struck By Living
The arts offer an unthreatening microscope and telescope to examine stories, which we can adapt to our own healing.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Renamed

This month, the Institute of Medicine gave CFS a new moniker. Read on to learn more.

How to Dream Like Salvador Dali

By Michelle Carr on February 20, 2015 in Dream Factory
A brief nap, less than a second long, can be used as a source of artistic inspiration and creative resolution.

Play! Run! Skip! 20 Ways to Keep Kids Active

Physically active kids are not only happier and healthier, but they’re also smarter. They do better on measures of academic success, well-being, self-confidence, creativity, intelligence, attention, and more. They grow into happier, healthier, more productive adults. What can you do to help ensure your child reaps all these benefits?

No, You Don’t Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By Mark Borigini M.D. on February 19, 2015 in Overcoming Pain
SEID should not be relegated to the misfit land with those other “diagnoses of exclusion,” but should instead, ideally, be viewed as a diagnosis that is actively made. Maybe the SEID patient will now not only start to be diagnosed, but also heard.