Essential Reads

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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 fall back asleep. There is evidence that sleeping through the night is actually an invention of the industrial era.

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?

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?

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.

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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
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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.

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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Simple Ways to Improve Sleep

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on September 17, 2016 in Getting Healthy Now
Lots of people can't sleep. What can they do?

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
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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

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.
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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

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."

Muscle Memory—It’s in Your Head, Not Your Limbs

Don’t believe promises of “accelerated learning.” Four proven practices can boost retention and give you peace of mind instead.

Frigatebirds Sleep While Flying: Somnambulism Gone Wild

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Animal Emotions
No friggin' kidding, frigatebirds can fly for weeks on end by power napping in ten-second bursts with only one side of their brain.

Will Sugar Take Away the New Baby Blues?

I love this baby so much! But why do I need to eat and sleep all the time?

Doctors Say Cut the Lights at Night

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on August 22, 2016 in Sleep Newzzz
Protect your health and promote a good night’s rest by avoiding exposure to bright light for an hour before bedtime.

A Simple Way to Be Happier, Healthier, and More Successful

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on August 16, 2016 in Making Change
Inadequate sleep may be undermining you in ways you don’t realize, or don’t take seriously. The solution is simple; if only you’d give it a try.

The Drug Free Way to Sleep Soundly

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on August 12, 2016 in Think Well
Here's a surprisingly simple way to beat insomnia without the use of drugs or supplements.

5 Essentials for an Office Power Nap

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on August 11, 2016 in Minding the Body
The right napping gear can help you catch 40 winks at work. And that may improve your mood, alertness and job performance.

Go Wild and Grow Happy, Part 2

What went right in the hunter-gatherer life? We don't have to suffer from depression and anxiety. Here are some simple ways to live a more natural life and re-invite "being here."

Non-Self Characters in Lucid Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on August 06, 2016 in Dream Catcher
Non-self dream characters are not simple expressions of a sub-personality of the dreamer.
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Youth, Weight and Sleep

Go to bed early. Wake up ten years later, slimmer.

Why You’re More Tired Flying East Than West

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on August 04, 2016 in Sleep Newzzz
When it comes to jet lag, it’s not only the distance, but also the direction that matters.

Are You Overcommitted?

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on July 30, 2016 in Inner Source
Is overcommitment wearing you out and causing illness? There are steps you can take to rebalance