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How Suppressed Emotions Enter Our Dreams and Affect Health

We push negative thoughts out of our waking minds and they appear in our dreams, doing little good. How can we find a balance to address negative emotions with positive intent?

The Connection Between Writing and Sleep

By Lydia Denworth on January 12, 2018 in Brain Waves
Do you have trouble falling asleep? A new study reveals that writing for a few minutes is an easy and effective solution. But what you write about makes all the difference.
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Alcohol and Sleep: What You Need to Know

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on January 11, 2018 in Sleep Newzzz
Even moderate amounts of alcohol in your system at bedtime alters sleep architecture—the natural flow of sleep through different stages.

Nightmares in African Americans

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on January 07, 2018 in Dream Catcher
Although recurrent nightmares are likely to be prevalent among African Americans, there are few or no studies of nightmares in this population.

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Everything You Do Teaches You

You get smarter all the time—even while you sleep.

For Sleep That Eludes Millions, This To-Do List Offers Hope

By Rita Watson MPH on January 14, 2018 in With Love and Gratitude
If you are having trouble falling asleep, new research says spending five minutes before bedtime writing a to-do list could be the answer.

4 Things Every Parent Should Stop Doing Right Now

By Paula L. White M.A. on January 08, 2018 in Shape Parenting
Do you want to make life better for your kids? Stop doing these 4 things today.
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Protect Yourself From Blue-Light Exposure

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on January 06, 2018 in Sleep Newzzz
Is blue light affecting your sleep and health?
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Can we travel out of our bodies when we sleep?

By John Cline Ph.D. on December 31, 2017 in Sleepless in America
One in ten people report having out of body experiences. They can happen in a number of situations including when falling asleep. Research is helping us to understand why.
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6 Scientific Ways to Boost Your Brain Health

Brain health is the foundation for healthy and successful living, learning, and loving. New research shows living healthier, and meditating can boost your brainpower. Find out why

Have a Brainy New Year

Start your New Year with a gift to your brain.

5 Apps to Start 2018 the Right Way

Want lasting results instead of changes you stick to for just a weeks? Here are some apps that can help you.

How Much Does Your Soul Weigh?

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on December 31, 2017 in iAge
We have a great interest in “proving” things. The problem with science is that it is necessarily finicky with details and the problem with belief is that it is necessarily not.
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Is Coffee Really Bad for Sleep?

By John Cline Ph.D. on December 30, 2017 in Sleepless in America
Coffee is a wonderful drink that has been used in the west for hundreds of years to brighten the mind and mood. But it can make sleep difficult unless used with good sleep hygiene.
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6 Myths that May Be Interrupting Your Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on December 29, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Misunderstanding how sleep works can affect your health

Does the Brain Need Dreaming to Unlearn?

By Michelle Carr Ph.D. on December 29, 2017 in Dream Factory
An offline 'Dreaming' phase allows neural networks to unlearn, and can enhance functioning overall.

When Sex Drives Clash

Do you and your partner have different sex drives? Is it causing conflict in your relationship? Here are some ways to improve your sex life.

Raise a Glass to Better Sleep Without Medication

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on December 28, 2017 in Cravings
If you’re resolved to get more sleep in the new year, make your resolution stick with specific and realistic lifestyle changes that will give you real results.

Could the Seasons Affect Your Mood?

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that occurs during the same season each year, thought to be caused by a lack of sunlight that may upset your biological clock.

What Is Cranial Electrostimulation?

By Emily Deans M.D. on December 22, 2017 in Evolutionary Psychiatry
A very small electric current applied to the brain from an FDA-cleared device can reduce anxiety, insomnia, and even depression and pain syndromes.

Emotional Experiences Can Change the Nature of a Dog's Sleep

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on December 22, 2017 in Canine Corner
New data on the brain activity of sleeping dogs shows that the effect of emotional experiences on sleep is different for dogs and people.
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Are You Simply Treating Your Symptoms?

Why it is important to treat the cause, not just the symptom.

The Long and the Short of It: Sleep Duration and Health

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on December 21, 2017 in The Gravity of Weight
Does it matter how much sleep we get each night? Too much or too little may have important consequences for our metabolic health, including our weight. Why?

How to Get More Sleep

By Susan Biali M.D. on December 20, 2017 in Prescriptions for Life
If you're having a hard time getting a good night's sleep, chances are you need to make at least one (if not all) of these simple changes.

The Addict's Dream State

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 20, 2017 in Minority Report
If you're recovery from an addiction be it drugs, alcohol, sex, or gambling, what does it mean when you have dreams related to your drug of choice? From my work with addiction...

Link Shown Between Sinusitis, Hay Fever, and Depression

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on December 18, 2017 in Minding the Body
Your sinus and nasal health are closely tied to your psychological health, several recent studies show. A researcher explains how they may be connected.

Coping With the Daily Barrage of Upsetting News

"Vicarious trauma" from watching too much news may cause changes in thoughts, difficulty concentrating, and inability to stop thinking about the events.
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Sleep Schedule Hack

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Can you hack your sleep schedule?

Two New Works from G. William Domhoff

If you think you know a lot about the science of dreaming, but don’t know about G. William Domhoff’s work, think again. And check out these two new works.

Some Holiday Self-Help: Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on December 13, 2017 in Evil Deeds
Do introverts need more sleep than extroverts during the holiday season?
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The Perfect Pillow: What You Need to Know

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
For better sleep, take a look at where you're resting your head

Why Babies Cry

By Temma Ehrenfeld on December 06, 2017 in Open Gently
Look at a wailing baby's eyes to see if they are frightened, angry, or in pain.

9 Tips for Getting Better Sleep While Pregnant

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in The Pregnant Pause
One of the biggest challenges in pregnancy is getting a good night's sleep. Getting solid rest is one of the best strategies to protect mother and baby.

What Sexy Dreams Say About Your Psyche

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on December 03, 2017 in Creating in Flow
One woman's sex dream is another's nightmare. But such dreams may tell you something about your real life, both in and out of bed.