Sleep Essential Reads

Is It Ever Too Late to Exercise?

The more out of shape you are, the more pointless you may think it is to exercise. Research shows that anyone can exercise, and reap the benefits, regardless of age or fitness.

Tweeting, Not Sleeping? Balancing Sleep and Social Media

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on January 28, 2016 Sleep Newzzz
According to just-released research, time spent on social media may be seriously undermining nightly rest.

Shouldn't You Just Go to Bed Already?

By Jordan Gaines Lewis on January 14, 2016 Brain Babble
I have a big test tomorrow. Should I stay up late and study, or just let myself sleep?

You Snore, You Lose

By Elaine Reese Ph.D. on December 31, 2015 Tell Me a Story
Does your child snore? Learn more about how snoring can affect your child's success in school.

Mirror Neurons and the Multiplicity of Dream Figures

By Michelle Carr on December 16, 2015 Dream Factory
Your dreaming mind is responsible for creating and juggling several dream characters at once, attributing distinct feelings, voices, and actions to each. How is this possible?

Why Do Some Recall Lots of Dreams, While Others Never Do?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on December 11, 2015 Think, Act, Be
Recent research suggests why people differ in how often they remember their dreams.

4 Unexpected Benefits of Gratitude

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on November 12, 2015 Between You and Me
As more researchers turn their attention to gratitude, we are learning about the widespread and sometimes surprising benefits of having a more grateful outlook. Here are four findings that suggest gratitude might play a role in how we clean, sleep, and save money.

This Is the Difference Between Sadness and Depression

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 The Squeaky Wheel
Because we associate depression with its primary symptom of pervasive sadness, many of us struggle to tell the difference between these two common psychological states. And that is a huge problem.

Time Management 101

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Head of the Class
College students, especially those in their first year, often struggle with time management. How can they learn to use their time wisely while still reserving some for recreation and socializing? Documenting where and how they spend (and often lose) their time is a good first step.

Do Happy Couples Really Sleep Better?

We know that the quality of a couple’s relationship influences each partner’s satisfaction, and that the quality of sleep influences feelings of an individual’s well-being. It turns out that your satisfaction with your relationship, combined with features of your personality, may actually affect the timing of your and your partner’s sleep-wake cycles during the night.

The Most Important Way to Fight Insomnia

Cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia, or CBT-I, is a powerful non-drug treatment. Find out one of the main principles that underlies its effectiveness.

Hot Enough for You? Sweating at Night Undermines Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on August 20, 2015 Sleep Newzzz
Don’t suffer at night because of night sweats. This soggy, uncomfortable experience will interfere with how much sleep you get, and how well you sleep.

Algorithms of Dreaming: Google and the "Deep Dream" Project

Google has developed a computer program that spontaneously generates images with "dream-like" qualities. This new technology can help dream researchers by teasing out which specific features in dream vision are related to amplified versions of waking vision.

What's Really Keeping You From Getting a Good Night's Sleep

Light exposure alters the ebb and flow in the body of the “sleep” hormone melatonin, which occurs in circadian rhythm.

Saving Sleep Medicine

Sleep is critical to life, and sleep medicine important to health.

Sleeplessly at War

Sleep deprivation can hurt or kill you - especially when you're a soldier.

Do Warning Signs Apply to Parents of Kids With Autism?

Many parents of children with autism find themselves becoming accustomed to routine discomfort, and, as a result, may not acknowledge typical warning signs as an indication to seek outside support.

The Best Defense Against Jet Lag? Ask the NBA

NBA teams may be getting better at mitigating players' jet lag.

How to Fix Broken Sleep

What works for insomnia might surprise you--and your doctor.

How to Direct Your Dreams

By Michelle Carr on May 28, 2015 Dream Factory
We often feel that we don’t have any control over our dreams. But the truth is, we do. How we react to situations in waking life dictates how we behave in dreams, and in this way, we are responsible for creating our own dreams.

How Do Scientists Study Dreams?

Through research that relies on dream reports, scientists have accumulated a rich body of information about the themes and emotions contained in dreams, and about dream narratives.

Wife Swapping in the Stone Age

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 29, 2015 The Human Beast
Anthropologists are all too familiar with the violence and bloodshed triggered by marital infidelity. Now they are coming to terms with a more mysterious phenomenon—consensual wife sharing. If a man flies into homicidal rages when his wife cheats on him, why would he encourage another man to sleep with her?

Mapping Altered States of Consciousness

Lucid dreaming seems far closer to waking than to deep sleep but what does this mean? Could we ever map states of consciousness and understand the relationships between them?

Why We Get Such Dumb Advice About Love, Money and Health

Does not every teenager already know you should comb your hair and look for a kind, suitable partner? What kind of dumb advice is this?

I'm Having An Impossible Time With A Break-Up

Breaking Up in The Age of Social Media

Are Your Worst Nightmares Also Everyone Else's?

By E E Smith on April 16, 2015 Not Born Yesterday
They are the grim subject of several centuries-old paintings, in which a black horse (or "night mare") hovers near a sleeping figure. They have been the terrifying theme of movies, past and present––from "I Wake Up Screaming" (1941), to the latest "Nightmare on Elm Street" flick. So, what exactly is a nightmare?

Redditor to Redditor

Young men are finding new ways to reach out to each other and older generations for advice and mentorship.

Do Sleep Issues in Teens Predict Drug and Alcohol Problems?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on April 09, 2015 Sleep Newzzz
Despite their seemingly boundless energy—and propensity to stay up late at night—teens need more sleep than adults.

Should We Call it Postpartum Depression?

For reasons that are both straightforward and extremely complex, I just think the terminology should be different.

7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude

Take a few minutes each day to acknowledge all that you have to be thankful for. Showing just a little bit of gratitude can transform your life in incredible ways.