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

Are Teenagers Getting Enough Sleep?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 18, 2015 in Media Spotlight
A new review study outlines much of the research looking at the different consequences of sleep loss in adolescents and why parents need to take this more seriously. The consequences of young people going without sleep can be far worse than you might think.

How Do Scientists Study Dreams?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on May 15, 2015 in Sleep Newzzz
Through research that relies on dream reports, scientists have accumulated a rich body of information about the themes and emotions contained in dreams, and about dream narratives.

New Evidence on Dreams and Memory

The dream lag effect, wherein images from daily events appear in dreams 5-7 days later, appears to be restricted to personally significant events only.

Waking Up To the Dark: Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age

By Mark Matousek on May 11, 2015 in Ethical Wisdom
Clark Strand's brilliant new book, Waking Up To the Dark: Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age is a life-changer. Most of us have little to no idea what a transformative -- sometimes damaging -- effect the incandescent life bulb has had on human life. We've lost the healing, and spiritual, power of darkness -- to say nothing of our natural sleep patterns.

How Do Sleeplessness and Insomnia Sabotage Decision Making?

New research reveals how sleeplessness can thwart your ability to make astute decisions.

Lucid Dreaming and the Future of Sports Training

The results of this study clearly showed that practice in lucid dreaming does have real performance benefits that are at least comparable to the benefits gained from other practice modes. Given the power of dreams to simulate reality with amazing intensity and accuracy, the possibilities for further development of this approach seem wide open.

12 Ways Eye Movements Give Away Your Secrets

Eye movements unconsciously give away your secret personal information.

Get to Sleep. Your Life Depends on It.

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on May 07, 2015 in Sleep Newzzz
Researchers found that insomnia was a significant factor in accidental fatal injuries.

Perchance to Dream (or Perhaps Just Sleep)

Quality of sleep can be improved in the following ways.

8 Ways to Achieve More by Working Less

Strategic slacking has enabled me to dramatically increase both the quality of my work and the amount I get done in a given day. It increases productivity because we don't think or work or create at the same rate throughout the day.

Brutal Weather, Depressed Mood, What We Can Do About It

Our cruel winter in the Northeast took a greater toll on us than has been recognized. I know it took a toll on me and it took its toll on my patients. I could feel the effects of day after day without sunlight --cold weather, snow, rain and cloudiness --on my mood. Like my patients, I felt slightly depressed; had less energy than usual, and wanted to sleep more.

Working An Imaginary Shift at Night

Have you ever had a night of light or disrupted sleep because you were thinking about work all night long? Maybe, even if you fell asleep, you dreamt about work and all the potential work-related disasters that could occur? If you feel like you work an imaginary (unpaid) shift at night, here are three tips for keeping work out of your bedroom.

Five Year Synthesis: Start Here Post

Simple whole foods, both plant and animal, are best for the brain for some obvious reasons and some you won't expect. Good food and good sleep are lacking in our modern world, yet our mental health can depend upon them.

Will Sleep Apnea Give Me Alzheimer's?

In dreams begin realities—but to remember stuff you need to sleep effectively.

Wife Swapping in the Stone Age

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 29, 2015 in The Human Beast
Anthropologists are all too familiar with the violence and bloodshed triggered by marital infidelity. Now they are coming to terms with a more mysterious phenomenon—consensual wife sharing. If a man flies into homicidal rages when his wife cheats on him, why would he encourage another man to sleep with her?

Can Orange Glasses Improve Sleep Quality? Testing it Out

By Jordan Gaines Lewis on April 28, 2015 in Brain Babble
Can orange-tinted glasses improve sleep quality by blocking out blue light? I did an experiment.

Mapping Altered States of Consciousness

Lucid dreaming seems far closer to waking than to deep sleep but what does this mean? Could we ever map states of consciousness and understand the relationships between them?

6 Magic Questions to Unlock the Meaning of Your Dreams

Drop the dream dictionary and look within to understand the messages being shared by your dreams.

You're Awake but You Can't Move

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on April 23, 2015 in Sleep Newzzz
If you experience sleep paralysis, don't panic, because it's a temporary and harmless condition that will soon pass.

We Don't Repress Painful Childhood Memories

By Temma Ehrenfeld on April 22, 2015 in Open Gently
Most people remember incidents of sexual abuse as children though they may not have understood them.

4 Lifestyle Changes That Will Boost Your Mental Health

When we seek help for a mental health condition, we can expect to hear about various medications and treatment options, but what’s often missing from the conversation is any talk of lifestyle changes.

Power Naps Help Your Hippocampus Consolidate Memories

Taking a power nap helps your hippocampus consolidate memories and helps you seize the day.

Why We Get Such Dumb Advice About Love, Money and Health

Does not every teenager already know you should comb your hair and look for a kind, suitable partner? What kind of dumb advice is this?

Homework: An Hour a Day Is All the Experts Say

How much time does your teen spend doing busy school work each night? According to a recent study, if it's more than one hour…then it's too much.

5 Ways to Know When to Leave the Relationship

You don't want to go home anymore. You don't look forward to seeing or being in the actual company of the person with whom you are intimately involved. You prefer the idea of the relationship to the reality of it; you have an idealized image of the beloved that is far enough removed from the everyday, authentic person that being in his or her presence undermines, erodes an

Reducing Your Stress From A Challenging Child

Managing your emotional health is crucial for parenting a difficult child.

I'm Having An Impossible Time With A Break-Up

Breaking Up in The Age of Social Media

The Personal Environmental Sustainability Behavior Quiz

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on April 18, 2015 in Presence of Mind
We must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It's Earth Day and a good time to think about our personal practices and environmental sustainability. What are you doing right and what could you be doing be better when it comes to environmental sustainability? Take the quiz to find out.

A serialistion of my book “Cancer Is My Teacher” – Part 1

By Lucy O'Donnell on April 18, 2015 in Cancer Is a Teacher
Do you ever have a niggling feeling that something isn't right medically? Are you chronically tired for no reason? Has your Doctor often ignored these complaints and put it down to the stress of modern day living? Well, if this resonates with you, then read on. You could save your life.