Sleep Essential Reads

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Animating Dreams and the Future of Dream Recording

By Michelle Carr Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in Dream Factory
A proof of concept study explores muscle signals during sleep to recreate an animated dream avatar.

Should You Let Your Dog Sleep in Bed With You?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 14, 2017 in Canine Corner
A new study offers guidance on the choice to snuggle up with a favorite canine.

3 Tips to Give Your Brain the Sleep It Needs

A few tips can help transform your sleep-deprived brain into a sharper, faster version of itself.

Four Ways to More Restful Sleep

A few simple steps can pave the way to consistently refreshing sleep. A tranquil bedroom arranged for the senses, and a consistent routine are the key.

Jet Lagged? Here's What to Do About It

Planning an end-of-summer trip? Here's how to protect yourself from jet lag!

What Were You Doing in My Dream?

Dreams can be weird, original, and surprising. Who exactly is in charge of them?
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You Really Need to Be Tracking Your Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Recording and working with your dreams on a regular basis may allow you to better predict your illnesses, cultivate your creativity and improve your daily social interactions.

7 Major Questions (and Answers) About Dreaming

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on July 28, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Dreaming is a strange and mysterious process — one that scientists don’t fully understand. Let’s take a closer look at the stuff of which dreams are made.

The Secret to a Good Night’s Sleep? Purpose.

By Lydia Denworth on July 26, 2017 in Brain Waves
Having trouble sleeping? A new study reveals that having purpose in daily life leads to better quality of sleep at night, and even prevents sleep disorders.

How to Live Well with Bipolar Disorder

By David Leite on July 11, 2017 in Notes on a Banana
Bipolar disorder can take it toll. These six life strategies can make all the difference.

How to Address 7 of the Most Unhelpful Beliefs About Sleep

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on July 10, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Bad sleep opens the door for thoughts that only make sleep worse. Find out what some of the most troubling thoughts are, and how to fix them.

Some Resources for People Interested in Sleep and Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Big data initiatives in sleep and dreams will revolutionize sleep and dream research.

Are Your Medications Giving You Nightmares?

By Gary L. Wenk Ph.D. on June 19, 2017 in Your Brain on Food
Given how widespread the use of many of these medications has become, it is amazing that most of us do not experience a nightmare every night.

How Our Thoughts Change When We Fall Asleep

By Michelle Carr Ph.D. on June 15, 2017 in Dream Factory
“It seems that in REM sleep, to think is to do… that is, to realise any possibility that presents itself."

Relationship Conflict Might Be Bad for Your Health

Fighting after a bad night of sleep can hurt your physical health. But how you deal with your emotions during the fight can make a difference.

3 Ways Overthinking Hurts More Than It Helps

Whether you beat yourself up for a mistake you made last week, or you fret about how you're going to succeed tomorrow, overthinking everything can be debilitating.
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Optimal Sleep Times for Children and Adolescents

Want to know how much sleep your teenager needs?

Is "Your Relationship" Another Reason to Drink Coffee?

Our everyday experiences, like how much sleep we get and whether we drink caffeine, may affect our relationship satisfaction.

Brains Have Owners

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Memory Medic
Is there an avatar in your brain called "I"? Neuroscience suggests this is the case.

Need a Midday Energy Boost? Skip the Caffeine, Take a Walk

Brief bouts of low-to-moderate intensity physical activity are more energizing than a 50 mg dose of caffeine (such as a can of soda or shot of espresso), according to a new study.

The Relationship Between Depression and Excessive Sleepiness

A recent study casts doubt on the assumed relationship.

Starting School Later Is Not Enough

Are later school start times enough to ensure that children and adolescents get sufficient sleep?
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Sleep and the Amazing Shrinking Synapse

By John Cline Ph.D. on March 30, 2017 in Sleepless in America
Forgetting may be as important as remembering. New research indicates that brain changes during sleep facilitate forgetting useless information.
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Catathrenia, or "Is There a Ghost in the House?"

By John Cline Ph.D. on March 29, 2017 in Sleepless in America
Have you heard strange and unsettling sounds at night and wondered if your house were haunted, but found that your bed partner was groaning while asleep? They may have catathrenia.

6 Facts About Sex That Everyone Ought to Know

By Jen Kim on March 27, 2017 in Valley Girl With a Brain
You may think you already know everything there is to know about sex, but do you really?

Rebuilding the Brain From Concussions

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on March 24, 2017 in Brain Trauma
Don't settle for "take two and call me in the morning." The brain responds well when we treat it well. Here's how to get those neurons firing on all cylinders.

Bipolar II or Bipolar Too?

The challenges of accurate symptom identification for those newly diagnosed with bipolar disorder as well as for diagnosed individuals who also struggle with emotional reactivity.

Lack of Sleep Leads to Harsher Punishments

By Art Markman Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
There are lots of benefits for getting good sleep. How does it affect the way you judge other people?

8 Ways CBT Can Improve Your Relationship

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on March 06, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Cognitive behavioral therapy can help your relationship in many ways—even when the treatment isn't specifically about your relationship. Find out how to start using CBT today.

Five Ways that Evolutionary Psychology Informs Medicine

The field of evolutionary medicine is changing our understanding of best practices in healthcare at a breakneck pace. Evolutionary psychology is helping lead the way. Here's how.