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. 

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Sleep Like a Baby With Lactium and Magnesium

Want to reduce anxiety and sleep better, naturally? These two supplements can help.
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Why Pregnant Women Have Bizarre Bad Dreams

By Michelle Carr on October 13, 2016 in Dream Factory
Pregnant women report 2.5 times more bad dreams than non-pregnant women, and 80% of new mothers report their dreams to be particularly vivid and detailed during pregnancy.

Staying in Touch With Real Babies: Correcting the AAP

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
The AAP's recommendations for infant sleep deal a major blow to the parent-infant dyad. One mom shows how sleep training violates the most sacred of bonds.

How Aging Affects Our Sleep

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Poor Sleep May Impair the Ability to Feel Empathy

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on October 03, 2016 in Minding the Body
Emotional empathy may be in short supply after a bad night’s sleep, a new study shows.
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Up in the Middle of the Night? It May Be Natural.

By John Cline Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in Sleepless in America
People often wake in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep. Is it because eight consecutive hours of sleep per night is a construct of the modern world.

People With Hearing Loss Have More Vivid Dreams

By Michelle Carr on September 30, 2016 in Dream Factory
It’s often thought that when one sensory modality is weakened, the other senses become more attuned to compensate. But does this sensitivity then translate into dreams?
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9 Ways Motherhood Can Break Your Spirit

Longing for previous, worry-free days where spontaneity and carefree enjoyment was plentiful feels utterly incompatible with how your life feels right now.
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The Sleep Connectome

By John Cline Ph.D. on September 29, 2016 in Sleepless in America
Advanced imaging techniques and powerful analytic methods allow the creation of stunning maps of functional and anatomical brain connections. Can they help understand sleep?

A Pioneer in Child Sleep Research and Treatment

A Pioneer in Child Sleep Research and Practice

Secrets of Napping

By John Cline Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Sleepless in America
Naps can improve alertness and productivity without needing to use energy drinks to get through the day. Proper timing and correct duration are the secrets to successful napping.

This is Your Child's Brain on Video Games

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on September 24, 2016 in Mental Wealth
Playing video games presents an "evolutionary mismatch": A fight-or-flight response unaccompanied by a physical discharge of energy. So guess where all the energy goes?

A Simple Way to Keep Your Kids Off Drugs

By Temma Ehrenfeld on September 21, 2016 in Open Gently
Better sleep for pre-teens is tied to less drinking and pot smoking through their 20s.
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Overcoming Excuses for Not Taking Care of Your Brain

By Susan Noonan MD on September 20, 2016 in View From the Mist
Sometimes it’s easier to believe the faulty logic of these thoughts – don’t!
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5 Simple Ways to Get Better Sleep

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on September 17, 2016 in Getting Healthy Now
America is increasingly sleepless, but there are ways to improve the number of restful nights you have.

Helping Your Child Learn How to Fall Asleep

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on September 15, 2016 in Once Upon a Child
Few lessons matter more to your child’s well-being.

7 Ways to Enhance Your Memory

By Ryan Anderson on September 13, 2016 in The Mating Game
Have you ever wondered if there is a simple way to improve your memory? This article gives you 7 evidence-based techniques you can use to become far better at retaining information
(Image by Randi Hutter Epstein): My Sleep Deprived Twins, Joey & Martha, circa 1997

Here's What a Bad Night's Sleep Really Does to Your Brain

Did you know lack of sleep shrinks a tiny brain gland? But there is a way to reverse it.
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How Exercise Can Help Keep You Drug-Free

By Richard Taite on September 09, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
Exercise is a part of a healthy lifestyle and stimulates your body’s healthiest mechanisms by releasing feel-good endorphins, stimulating appetite and leading to more restful sleep

The Experimental Parent

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 09, 2016 in How To Do Life
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21 Common Reactions to Trauma

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
While everyone's reaction to trauma is unique, recovery can feel more manageable when we know what to expect in the aftermath—including opportunities for growth.

Why Do People Make Love at Night?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in The Human Beast
Most people make love when they go to bed, which is usually at night. Why are human sex and sleep so intertwined?

How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

Given all of the misinformation out there about how much sleep we need, it's easy to understand why this topic can be so confusing. This article sets the record straight.

Fear of Sudden Infant Death

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on September 06, 2016 in Fighting Fear
An example of the treatment of an exaggerated fear—of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Surprisingly, the very quick cure of this fear was followed by a lessening of other fears.

Helping College Students Manage Sleep Issues

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on September 06, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
If you're heading back to college this fall, it's worth focusing on getting adequate sleep.

New Every Night

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on September 03, 2016 in Getting Healthy Now
Just what does the brain do during sleep?

Dreams of Finding Treasure

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Dream Catcher
Unearthing buried treasure in your dream may predict a period of creativity in your life

6 Reasons You Might Feel Tired All the Time

Fatigue can come from thyroid imbalances, depression or an overscheduled lifestyle. You don't have to accept feeling wiped out. You can get help, make changes, and feel better.

Sleep With Arianna Huffington, and Others

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on August 28, 2016 in Tried and True
Getting sufficient sleep is important, and many people feel anxious when unsuccessful at doing so. Thinking in healthy ways to reduce anxiety allows better sleep, and waking life!

News From the 2016 Annual Dreams Conference

This year's IASD conference included talks on jihadi dreams, emotional processing, gender differences, social cognition, and existential dreams of "sublime disquietude."