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

Do Medications Cause Nightmares?

By Michelle Carr on May 28, 2016 in Dream Factory
A recent case report describes a woman who experienced the sudden onset of nightmares after being prescribed a certain antiobiotic.

Arianna Huffington's Sleep Revolution

Arianna Huffington's new book "The sleep revolution" effectively lays out the public health consequences of sleep loss and then points to a way forward to address this crisis

No. 1 Reason Having Vivid Dreams Benefits Your Brain

A groundbreaking study has identified—for the first time—a direct causal link between rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and memory formation.

The Infant “Crying It Out” Debate: Chapter 615

A new Australian study looks at two different infant sleep interventions and whether they work or cause damage.

10 Strategies to Fight Job Burnout

Taking time for self-care and compassion will actually save you time in the long run as well as prevent and fight job burnout.
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Working Better: Brain Science in Business

There are many brain science lessons that can be applied in organisations from sleep hygiene to managing stress to fostering creativity.

Unexpected Effect of Dreaming on Fear Memories

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in Memory Medic
Your brain is busy while you sleep.

Does the Full Moon Make Your Kids Less Sleepy?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on May 20, 2016 in Sleep Newzzz
Are there links among sleep, waking behavior and the moon?

Passing the Baton, Mother to Son: You Rock!

By Greg O'Brien on May 18, 2016 in On Pluto
The efficacious passing of the baton in a relay race is as fundamental as lacing up a pair of running shoes, and has relevance in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Amazing New Concepts About Our Brain From 13 Brain Experts

What to learn more about what makes us, us?

Are You Stressed Out and Exhausted?

Stress truly is the disease of the 21st century. Stress can affect all areas of our lives and yet most of us take stress for granted.

Sleep Deprived? Got Brain Fog? Chocolate to the Rescue!

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on May 16, 2016 in Cravings
After a poor night's sleep, chocolate may give you a brain boost.

You Snooze, You Win

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on May 13, 2016 in Home Base
What if you could dramatically improve kids' learning, mental health, and safety by making one small tweak to their schedules? Turns out school start times make a big difference.
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Adult ADHD: 7 Tips to Energize Your Life

Do you have adult ADHD and struggling with just keeping up? Do you often feel tired?
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The Science of Making a Good First Impression

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 11, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Though there a wide range of different facial cues that influence how people see us, mouth curvature and eyelid-openness seem particularly important

Smartphones Reveal How the Modern World Is (Not) Sleeping

Do you sleep with a smartphone next to your bed? If so, compelling new research offers multiple reasons to turn off your phone (and other digital devices) one hour before bedtime.

Why Insomnia Isn’t Just a Nighttime Problem

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on May 05, 2016 in Sleep Newzzz
Emerging research indicates that insomnia isn’t just something that happens at night, it's a 24-hour condition.

You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

PTSD: How dogs can help

Your Brain Does Not Like Sleeping in a New Place

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on May 02, 2016 in Good Thinking
Only half of your brain enters deep sleep when you try to sleep in an unfamiliar place.

Test Anxiety

While it is normal to feel some dreaded apprehension about taking an exam, test anxiety takes emotions to a whole new extreme.
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Why It's So Hard to Fall Asleep When You're Away From Home

There's no place to sleep like home - with new challenges for travel.

Top 5 Ways Biofeedback Can Change Your Life

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 in All About Addiction
Are you turning to pills to make your life better? Biofeedback and neurofeedback could be the answer you're looking for.

Six Aromatherapy Essential Oils for Stress Relief and Sleep

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on April 28, 2016 in Urban Survival
What essential oils are best for R&R? Find out the top 6 relaxing essential oils for aromatherpy.

Daydream Your Way to Better Grades

Got a final exam tomorrow (or some other memory task)? A good night’s sleep is the best preparation, but what if you don't have time for sleep? New research offers a ray of hope.

Why Forcing a Smile at Work is Bad for Your Health

5 tips to help you avoid the stress and exhaustion of "faking it."

It's Autism Awareness Month

Autism is even more complex than most people realize. Here's what more than 20 members of the autism community wish were better understood about autism.
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Timing Power

Time rules life. You want to know how to use it.

Electronic Tools for the Sleep Revolution

Arianna Huffington's call for a "sleep revolution" includes an important role for new technologies that monitor and track people's sleep patterns.

Low on Sleep, Teenagers Behave in Risky Ways

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on April 22, 2016 in Sleep Newzzz
Did you know that insufficient sleep also puts teenagers at greater risk for injury?

6 Steps for Getting Your Child to Sleep Alone

This is a hard habit to break, but hopefully patience, firmness and support should do the trick.