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

The Case of the Incentivized Applicant

How much is a job interview worth?

Recovering From Seasonal Shifts in Mood in Bipolar Disorder

By Elizabeth Brondolo Ph.D. on March 26, 2015 in Take Control
For people who have bipolar disorder, seasonal changes in mood can disrupt your health and well being. You can learn to recognize and address these seasonal shifts before they cause harm. We examine the effects of these shifts on motivation, thinking and identity. Early recognition can help you gain better control of bipolar spectrum disorder.

10 Reasons You Should Go to Sleep Right Now

On the myriad benefits of sleep, glorious sleep.

Is Flirting Ever Unethical?

Can flirting be unethical? The answer to that question depends on what counts as flirting.

Meeting Your Conditions for Sex

By Isadora Alman MFT on March 24, 2015 in Sex & Sociability
Not having your conditions for good sex met is a frequent cause of failed erections and no orgasms.

From A-Ha to Success and Beyond

By Kathy Cramer Ph.D. on March 24, 2015 in Lead Positive
This is the story of retail innovator Maxine Clark and how she answered her Call to found Build-A-Bear, the teddy-bear themed retail-entertainment experience.

Secular Man, Religious Funeral

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on March 24, 2015 in The Secular Life
Will your funeral reflect your values?

Are You a Traumatized Woman?

By Rosemary K.M. Sword on March 24, 2015 in The Time Cure
When we peruse the landscape of our world half the women we see have experienced a life-altering traumatic event, perhaps a natural disaster like a tornado, or a human-made disaster such as a car accident. And 1 in 3 women will experience sexual assault in their lifetime. But this number is probably much higher because these are only reported cases.

Tackling Mid-Life Weight Issues (Part 2): Why Sleep Matters

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on March 23, 2015 in Cravings
Lack of sleep can have a negative impact on many areas of your life, including the state of your overall mental and physical health. Experts believe that sleep may also play a big role in weight management.

Why Creatives Succumb to Bedtime Procrastination

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on March 23, 2015 in Tracking Wonder
No external boss means we must self-monitor sleep habits.

For More Sex, Spend More Time in Bed—Sleeping

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on March 23, 2015 in Minding the Body
In a recent study, getting an extra hour of sleep increased women’s likelihood of having sex with a partner the next day by 14 percent.

5 Things That You Didn’t Know Were Keeping You Fat

We all hear so many contradictory messages about the most effective route to weight loss that it is easy to feel confused. Although fads will come and go, there is concrete science to guide our weight loss efforts. One of the most important things is to avoid common pitfalls.

When Words Are Weapons: 10 Responses Everyone Should Avoid

By Peg Streep on March 23, 2015 in Tech Support
We often wrongly discount the effect of emotional abuse that's unaccompanied by the physical component. But words can and do hurt. What you need to realize so that your vocabulary doesn't become an arsenal.

The Disadvantages of Having a Mistress

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on March 22, 2015 in Fighting Fear
I think it is important to be conservative in dealing with the matter of mistresses, especially more than one.

Ask Your Doctor if You Are Healthy Enough for Sex

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on March 22, 2015 in Fighting Fear
How to reassure patients when they ask their doctor if they are healthy enough for sex (should the occasion of their asking ever arise.)

5 Tips for Transforming Stage Fright into Stage Delight

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on March 21, 2015 in Wander Woman
Instead of trying to be calm, you can use your nervous energy for positive results. Here are two tips for counteracting your negative self-talk with positive nervousness before you go on stage and three tips to keep you engaging and likable while you are speaking:

How to Know if Your Teen Is Seriously Suicidal

By Temma Ehrenfeld on March 21, 2015 in Open Gently
Headaches, insomnia, all-over skin sensations, and drinking alcohol are all danger signs.

Collaboration, Willingness, and Leadership

Certainly, those of us who want to put collaboration at the center of how we function are swimming upstream. What’s most needed, in my mind, is the empowerment of all to be able to express their needs and perspectives and, simultaneously, be interested in the needs and perspectives of others and in finding a solution that works for all.

Whatever Doesn't Kill You, Will Only Make You Stronger?

By Dawn C. Carr MGS, Ph.D. on March 20, 2015 in The Third Age
When bad stuff happens to resilient people, it appears that in the short-term they don’t do anything different from what nonresilient people do. Instead, they feel something different about their ability to handle things. And as a result, they fare better physically and psychologically over the long-term.

How to Spend the Time You Have Left

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 20, 2015 in A Sideways View
Today is the first day of the rest of your life! Are you living life to the full? Are you spending your time wisely?

The Urge to Connect

A 3 billion year perspective on where the human race is headed

Don't Believe Everything You Think

Every human mind generates fear much of the time, unless we "retrain" the mind. Without conscious management on our parts, fear can permeate our thoughts -- and poison our relationships with our children. That’s why fear has to be consciously confronted. Here is how.

Genetics and the Ides of March

The change of seasons has long been known to cause changes in mental health. Is there a genetic component?

Like Gollum, Do You Have Something Precious?

By Gretchen Rubin on March 19, 2015 in The Happiness Project
Here’s the tie to habits: I’ve noticed that many people have a habit that makes them unhappy—one that they know drains them, isn’t good for them, or causes them grief.

The Electronic Sleep Diet

Here's some sensuous ways to fall asleep.

How OxyContin Was Allowed to Kill so Many

While it is true that OxyContin abuse is decreasing, the epidemic of prescription drug abuse hasn’t gone away.

Hustlers Live Better

By Vance Z. Johnson M.D. on March 17, 2015 in What Hurts?
Do you want relief? Pleasure? Peace? You may be hurting your chances. Here are three steps to harness the power of expectation.

Worrying About Dementia

By Temma Ehrenfeld on March 17, 2015 in Open Gently
Anxiety is a risk factor for dementia.

Ten Things to Help You Be More Creative

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 17, 2015 in A Sideways View
Can you really teach creativity? If so, what is it we need to do?