Sleep Essential Reads

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 Fascinating Facts That Might Improve Your Sex Life

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.
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Earlier School Start Times for Elementary School Students

What Evidence Exists about Relations Between Early School Start Times and Outcomes for Young Children?
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To Sleep, Perhaps to Learn

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in Memory Medic
Odds are the kids in your life are not getting enough sleep. Scientists now know that sleep is needed for "smart forgetting."

Finding Some Middle Ground in the War on Sleep Training

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on February 06, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
Whether it's harmful to sleep train your baby has become a controversial issue for parents. Here's some research suggesting that sleep training might be nothing to lose sleep over.
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Three Reasons Why Good Sleep Is Crucial for Mental Health

By Richard Taite on January 27, 2017 in Ending Addiction for Good
Many of the most common sleep aids have some risk for abuse or physical dependency.

A Cheap New Wonder Drug?

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on January 13, 2017 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
A one-time purchase might improve your health for life.

My Baby's Head Is Flat (And So Is Yours)

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on January 09, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
Because doctors are urging parents to put babies to sleep on their backs to prevent SIDS, many of them are developing flat heads. Here's what research says about what to do.
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Intelligence, Sleep, and School Achievement

Are children with higher IQs hampered in their school performance when they sleep poorly?

Haunted Houses: What Keeps the Legends Alive?

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on December 09, 2016 in Out of the Ooze
Whether a place seems truly haunted can very much be in the mind of the beholder.

5 Things No One Should Ever Brag About

When you're in a job interview or just chatting with your friends, bragging about these things could backfire.

6 Steps to Setting Limits as a Solo Parent

By Wendy Paris on November 15, 2016 in Splitopia
Setting and keeping limits can be extra hard when you're the only adult in the house. Clinical psychologist Stephanie O'Leary gives easy success strategies.

The Link Between Sleep Deprivation and Weight Gain

We've all experienced sleepless nights. How does this affect our eating patterns the next day?

How Sleep Enhances Studying

By Art Markman Ph.D. on November 07, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
Research suggests that spreading your study time out helps you learn. Studies also suggest that sleep helps you learn. A new study explores what happens when you combine the two.

Your Brain on Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings transitions can affect our delicate circadian clocks, leading to disruptions in behavior and mood.

New Pediatric Sleep Guidelines: Questions Raised

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on November 01, 2016 in Child in Mind
We must consider social and cultural context when implementing new sleep guidelines issues by the American Academy of Pediatrics
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It’s Halloween and Winter is Coming

By John Cline Ph.D. on October 31, 2016 in Sleepless in America
As Halloween nears, we prepare for winter and the time change when we reset our clocks and "fall back". For some people, this change will considerably affect their sleep.

Children's Dreams and Nightmares

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on October 30, 2016 in Dream Catcher
Recurring nightmares in early childhood need to be treated as they may portend later behavioral problems

Does Lack of Sleep Make People More Violent?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Media Spotlight
A new study suggests that sleep problems plays a far greater role in aggression than researchers previously suspected.
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Why Pregnant Women Have Bizarre Bad Dreams

By Michelle Carr on October 13, 2016 in Dream Factory
Pregnant women report 2.5 times more bad dreams than non-pregnant women, and 80% of new mothers report their dreams to be particularly vivid and detailed during pregnancy.
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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 go back to sleep. Is it because eight consecutive hours of sleep per night is a construct of the modern world.