Cultivating Mindfulness to Help Sleep

Mindfulness therapy to improve sleep and alleviate symptoms of insomnia or other sleep problems can involve a number of different techniques, including meditation, movement and breathing exercises, sleep restriction and sensory deprivation.

Why Do We Dream?

Many scientists studying sleep and dreams believe that dreaming does have a purpose.

Why We Dream What We Dream

Dreams appear to be influenced by our waking lives in many ways. Theories about why we dream include those that suggest dreaming is a means by which the brain processes emotions, stimuli, memories, and information that’s been absorbed throughout the waking day.

Our Dreaming World

Despite sustained scientific exploration and attention—and no shortage of theories—we still don’t know the answer to the most fundamental question: Why do we dream?

How to Keep Snoring from Hurting Your Relationship

Tending to a snoring issue can lead to better sleep for both partners, as well as a more loving and harmonious relationship that includes sleeping together, not apart. Sleeping well with the person we love is the goal, and by treating snoring effectively, it can happen. There is help.

Is Sleep Apnea Related to the "Sperm Crisis"?

What’s behind the widespread decrease in sperm quality? There’s not likely to be a single culprit, nor a simple answer. Results of a newly released study suggest an intriguing possibility: could the “sperm crisis” observed in the French study and others be at least partially the result of sleep apnea?

How Our Dreams Influence Our Days

How much thought do you give to your dreaming life?

EPAP and the Future of Snoring

Snoring is a sleep problem that should not be ignored. Left unattended, snoring can wreak havoc with both health and quality of life, increasing risks for serious health conditions and contributing to difficulties with daily functioning. New treatments are available.

Mind-body Therapies to Ease Insomnia

If you are suffering from insomnia, meditation and Tai Chi may improve your symptoms, including overall sleep quality.

Does Cancer Grow More Aggressively at Night?

Researchers have found evidence that some cancers may grow more quickly during nighttime resting hours than during the waking day.

Does Your Sleep Wax and Wane With the Moon?

Do the phases of the moon really affect our sleeping?

Is 8 Hours of Sleep a Night Too Much?

Eight hours of sleep may not be the gold standard for a healthy sleep routine. A growing body of research suggests that the ideal amount of nightly sleep may be seven hours.

Can Diet Keep Circadian Clocks "Ticking" Well?

Food consumption - both the timing of eating and what kinds of food we eat- may alter circadian rhythms and affect sleep.

A Scary-Sounding Sleep Disorder: Exploding Head Syndrome

Exploding head syndrome may sound like something our of a science fiction movie-but it's a very real sleep disorder.

Why You Should Probably Go to Bed Right Now

Do without sleep now and make up for it later. Research indicates that adults with busy lives and demanding schedules that run up a sleep deficit may not be successful at catching up. Irreversible damage to the brain may be linked to insufficient sleep.

Nightmares and Insomnia Together Exacerbate Depression

Nightmares can cause sleep problems, anxiety, and aggravate symptoms of depression according to new research at Japan's Tokyo Medical University. The study found that the joint presence of insomnia and nightmares had a significant effect on the severity of depression.

Brain’s "Sleep Switch" Found

The discovery of the brain’s homeostatic “sleep switch” is a significant step toward a more thorough understanding of how the human body’s drive for sleep really works. Deepening this understanding may improve existing sleep therapies and open important new avenues for treatment of sleep disorders.

Poor Sleep Increases Pain Risk—Especially as We Age

Maintaining a routine of high-quality sleep in plentiful amounts may be one of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of experiencing physical pain as you grow older.

Blue Light Hazardous to Sleep, but Helpful While Awake

Blue light poses both problems and solutions for sleep.

What's Keeping Us Up at Night?

How well—or not—are parents and children sleeping today? Despite a high level of awareness of the importance of sleep to health and well being, neither children nor their parents are getting enough high quality sleep. What can be done to turn the focus on sleep around?

Do Sleeping Pills Undermine Sleep’s Memory Boosting Power?

How do prescription sleep medications affect the relationship between sleep and memory, and the importance of sleep in memory consolidation.

Is It Time to Start School Later?

How much benefit would students’ health and sleep gain by adjusting school schedules to be more aligned with adolescent sleep-wake cycles?

The Stuff of (Disturbing) Dreams

What do we know about this phenomenon of disturbed dreaming? And what’s the difference between a bad dream and a nightmare?

Who is Taking Sleeping Pills?

Most prescription sleep aids for insomnia are intended for short-term use, to break the cycle of sleeplessness and anxiety about one’s ability to fall asleep. But research shows an increase in the number of people taking both prescription and OTC sleep medicines.

More Sleep for Kids Reduces Calories

Sleep can strongly influence eating habits and risks for weight gain in children, and that sleep can be an important therapeutic tool in helping children lose weight and keep it off.

Understanding the Narcolepsy/Autoimmune Relationship

Compelling new information about the root causes causes and mechanisms of narcolepsy, a very serious sleep disorder

Sleep Deprivation Raises Diabetes Risk

The relationship between sleep and diabetes is complicated and multi-faceted, but new research may present a significant development in our understanding of at least one way that sleep deprivation can influence the development of diabetes, and how this risk becomes more serious we age.

Narcolepsy Drug Shows Promise in Depression Treatment

A shift toward including sleep therapy as part of standard treatment for depression stands poised to make a profound change in how we deal with depression, and with it a significant improvement for many the many patients who aren’t finding sufficient remedy in current therapies.

Circadian Timing Gives West Coast NFL Teams the Edge

While you may feel you don’t share much in common with a professional linebacker, when it comes to circadian timing we’re all influenced in similar ways, which means the success, ease, and pleasure of daily activities can often be affected by their alignment—or lack thereof—with circadian rhythms.

The Sleep Stories of 2013, Part 2

The year in review...we continue to take a look at sleep topics in 2013.