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

10 Health Tips from Harvard Institute of Lifestyle Medicine

By Susan Biali M.D. on September 01, 2015 in Prescriptions for Life
Ten top health and lifestyle tips for better sleep, weight loss, exercise and more, from the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

Ten Academic Commandments for College Students

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on September 01, 2015 in Head of the Class
What are some straightforward strategies for academic success that any student can try? Here is a list of ten basic ones that are a great place to start, whether you are a new or a veteran student.

Solving Problems in Your Dreams

By Kristian Marlow on August 29, 2015 in The Superhuman Mind
Combine your next all-nighter with meaningful rest through lucid dreaming.

Sleep, Dreams, and Income Inequality

Low-income people tend to have worse sleep, and fewer lucid dreams, than do high-income people. Those are some of the findings from a new demographic survey of the sleep and dream patterns of American adults.

The perils of our “on-call” work culture

By Craig Dowden Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in The Leader's Code
It may surprise you that we are all "on-call" and it is taking a toll.

The One Thing to Remember to Beat Insomnia

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on August 26, 2015 in Think, Act, Be
Cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia, or CBT-I, is a powerful non-drug treatment. Find out one of the main principles that underlies its effectiveness.

How Bad Dreams Can Help You Solve Your Problems

By Michelle Carr on August 26, 2015 in Dream Factory
Several authors have shown that current emotional problems are frequently incorporated into dreams, and further, dreaming may provide creative solutions to these problems.

When Working Shifts Works Against You

By Shelby Harris Psy.D. on August 25, 2015 in The Land of Nod
A discussion of Shift Work Sleep Disorder

Shedding Your Clothes for Bed Is a Good Idea

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 in Sleep Newzzz
Don’t decide sleeping naked isn’t for you until you’ve given it a try. You may be surprised at how natural and comfortable it feels.

Hot Enough for You? Sweating at Night Undermines Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on August 20, 2015 in Sleep Newzzz
Don’t suffer at night because of night sweats. This soggy, uncomfortable experience will interfere with how much sleep you get, and how well you sleep.

7 Tips For Waking Up on the Right Side of the Bed

Starting the day on a positive note can lighten up your whole day and help you to perform demonstrably better. Here are easy techniques to start your day off right.

Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on August 18, 2015 in Mental Wealth
By disrupting sleep, suppressing the brain's frontal lobe, raising stress hormones, and fracturing attention, daily screen-time is making children become the worst version of themselves.

How to Balance Rhythms to Enhance Trauma Treatment

By Leslie E. Korn Ph.D. on August 18, 2015 in Rhythms of Recovery
The major rhythmic disruption in PTSD and complex trauma is circadian rhythm; the 24 hr. sleep/wake cycle that follows the dark/light cycle of the sun’s rising and setting.

Hit Snooze for Insight (Sleep in for Energy)

By Garth Sundem on August 18, 2015 in Brain Trust
To snooze or not to snooze? The answer can determine whether you start the day with energy or insight.

How to Focus Better

After a night of poor sleep, do you find it harder to concentrate?

Recent Research on REM Sleep Functions

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on August 16, 2015 in Dream Catcher
REM has been shown to be genetically determined and important for emotional memory.

5 Tips for Reigniting the Relationship Spark After Kids

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on August 14, 2015 in Between You and Me
In just a little over a year and a half our relationship before baby is becoming a distant memory. I worry that the stress of parenthood, jobs, and other daily demands could bend our relationship into something unrecognizable. Research shows that for a sizeable portion of couples, having a child is hard on the relationship. But it also shows that it doesn’t have to be.

The Mismatch Between Teen Sleep and School Timing

A CDC study shows schools start earlier than pediatricians recommend.

The Crucial Benefit of Good Sleep You Might Be Forgetting

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on August 11, 2015 in Sleep Newzzz
Well rested, you’re more likely to feel better, perform better, and to remember more.

Complicated Grief and the Inner Clock

By Michael Terman Ph.D. on August 11, 2015 in Chronotherapy
For some bereaved individuals, grief turns from an emotion into an illness that can last months or years—and causes neurological changes that can be detected on an MRI. Find out more about complicated grief and the effects it can have on your sleep and circadian rhythms.

PTSD – Can These Two Little-Known Treatments Help?

Learn about the two little-known treatments that can help with your PTSD

Helicopter Parenting Isn’t Killing Millennials, but This Is

By Linda Esposito LCSW on August 02, 2015 in From Anxiety to Zen
Doing this could save your kid's sanity (and maybe even his life).

What Does Your Body Say About You?

Your body may be trying to tell you something - are you listening? How will you respond?

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep... Annotated

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on August 02, 2015 in Just Listen
Now I lay me down to sleep, At the end of the day this is about not doing another thing before you fall asleep. It's about letting go of control with the hope that a good night's sleep will replenish your mind (with everything that the stresses of the day has taken away), will refresh it and enable you to "reboot" it to take on the next day playing with a

New Empirical Research on Dream Recall and Content

These new articles in the journal Dreaming show the importance of taking age, culture, and external threats into account when trying to understand the nature and functions of dreams in people’s lives.

Can You Visit the Deceased in Your Dreams?

By Michelle Carr on July 28, 2015 in Dream Factory
Evidence from anecdotal reports and cultural practices suggest that it is possible to interact with lost loved ones in the land of dreams, a "bardo" state of consciousness that is similar to death.

Are You Fully Charged? 5 Ways to Energize Your Work & Life

A survey of 10,000 people revealed that only 11% responded "yes" when asked, "Did you have a great deal of energy yesterday?"

Developing Time Management Skills

When life gets busy, things pile up. Time management is not about having all of those things done; it’s about having enough time for what matters most to you. By managing your time in a more efficient way, not only will you the right things done, but you’ll also have enough time to relax, de-stress and breathe more freely.