Essential Reads

The Difference between Sadness and Depression

Knowing the difference can significantly impact your quality of life

Time Management 101

Helping College Students Manage Their Time More Effectively

Do Happy Couples Really Sleep Better?

Research into how our sleep habits merge (and why sometimes they don't).

The Most Important Way to Fight Insomnia

Stop thinking about last night's sleep and focus on the future.

Recent Posts on Sleep

10 Bad Habits That Sometimes Do Us Good

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on October 13, 2015 In Excess
All of us have bad habits, and all of us from time to time feel guilty about these habits. But there are some bad habits – at least when carried out in moderation – that might actually have benefits for psychological and/or physical wellbeing. Here are my top 10 bad habits that might do you good.

Running On Empty?

When you find yourself feeling exhausted, you are in a state of deprivation, temporarily unable to replenish yourself. This means that the natural balance of give and take, which characterizes healthy living, is disturbed. The question is how to open yourself up again and, quite literally, change your mind.

Feeding the Adolescent Brain

As a parent myself, I know first-hand the challenges that can arise as a child faces adolescence. Paying attention in school, staying alert and focused throughout the day, and retaining the information taught is increasingly important for teens as they prepare for tests, college prep and a professional career.

Get More Sleep and a Better Night's Rest

Exhausted? Longing for more sleep? If you have a hard time getting yourself to bed, and don't sleep very well once you get there, these tips will help you get a better night's rest.

Depression Treatment Stinks. What Next?

Reinventing the wheel has not produced better wheels. The treatment options for depression need to become widened and opened up - with the emphasis on improving overall health.

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.

The Link Between Mindfulness, Meditation, and Lucid Dreaming

By Michelle Carr on September 30, 2015 Dream Factory
Mindfulness is aimed at improving an individual`s capacity to maintain awareness of the present moment, with an open and non-judgemental attitude. Could practicing mindfulness increase our awareness during sleep, promoting more frequent lucid dreams?

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.

Smartphones and the Future of Health Care

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 Media Spotlight
A new article published in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal discusses how specially equipped smartphones can transform mental health care by providing state-of-the-art monitoring of people at risk. But how far are we likely to go in terms of using smartphones and other kinds of digital technology to monitor people we believe will be at risk?

Circadian Rhythm, Light and PTSD

By Leslie E. Korn Ph.D. on September 26, 2015 Rhythms of Recovery
PTSD, chronic pain (fibromyalgia), and sleep problems are all characterized by circadian rhythm imbalance. In order to understand more fully the disruption of rhythm and time perception caused by trauma, it is useful to explore the role of circadian rhythm, light, and the pineal gland.

Are We Responsible for Our Violent Dreams?

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on September 26, 2015 Dream Catcher
Mental content of dreams can sometimes perfectly coincide with mental content of overt behavioral acts and that fact can raise thorny legal and philosophical issues.

Variability in Sleep Schedule Hinders Brain Development

Regular sleep can aid brain development in adolescence.

4 Surprising Things that Expand Your Waistline

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on September 23, 2015 Minding the Body
Waistlines are growing faster than BMI levels. Here are four culprits you might not suspect.

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.

New insights about 'the darkness hormone,' melatonin

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on September 17, 2015 Sleep Newzzz
Research—preliminary to be sure—suggests that our sleep-wake cycles may not only operate under the influence of the 24-hour circadian cycle of daylight and darkness, but under the effects of the roughly 29-day lunar cycle as well.

How to Help Women With Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

These strategies are essential to treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders such as PPD effectively. They work so well, I'm no longer surprised when a recovering woman prepares to leave treatment and shares that one of them made the biggest difference on her road to wellness.

Can Coffee Help Anxiety?

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on September 13, 2015 Inner Source
Coffee is a definite "no no" if you suffer anxiety, right? Well, the effect of coffee on anxiety may not be so clear cut.

Are Night Time Guys the Right Time Guys?

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on September 08, 2015 Head Games
A study sheds light on whether Night Owl men are more sexually competitive.

10 Health Tips from Harvard Institute of Lifestyle Medicine

By Susan Biali M.D. on September 01, 2015 Prescriptions for Life
Ten top health and lifestyle tips for better sleep, weight loss, exercise and more, from the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

Ten Academic Commandments for College Students

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on September 01, 2015 Head of the Class
What are some straightforward strategies for academic success that any student can try? Here is a list of ten basic ones that are a great place to start, whether you are a new or a veteran student.

Solving Problems in Your Dreams

By Kristian Marlow on August 29, 2015 The Superhuman Mind
Combine your next all-nighter with meaningful rest through lucid dreaming.

Sleep, Dreams, and Income Inequality

Low-income people tend to have worse sleep, and fewer lucid dreams, than do high-income people. Those are some of the findings from a new demographic survey of the sleep and dream patterns of American adults.

The perils of our “on-call” work culture

It may surprise you that we are all "on-call" and it is taking a toll.

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.

How Bad Dreams Can Help You Solve Your Problems

By Michelle Carr on August 26, 2015 Dream Factory
Several authors have shown that current emotional problems are frequently incorporated into dreams, and further, dreaming may provide creative solutions to these problems.

When Working Shifts Works Against You

A discussion of Shift Work Sleep Disorder

Why You Should Be Sleeping in the Nude

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 Sleep Newzzz
Don’t decide sleeping naked isn’t for you until you’ve given it a try. You may be surprised at how natural and comfortable it feels.

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.