Essential Reads

How Light Harms Your Sleep

Chronic exposure to artificial light can be dangerous to your health.

Saving Sleep Medicine

How to revive a declining field

Sleeplessly at War

The U.S. Military is fighting numerous wars - and human biology

Do Warning Signs Apply to Parents of Kids With Autism?

Parents of kids with Autism may miss typical warning signs to see a therapist.

Recent Posts on Sleep

Are You Fully Charged?

When you wake up in the morning would you describe yourself as fully charged? If you're like many people recently surveyed chances are you're shaking your head and instead feel more like you're struggling to get out of bed.

The Importance of Rest

By Jennifer Hamady on July 06, 2015 in Finding Your Voice
Getting adequate rest has become a priority in our household. Because without proper sleep, we are unable to be our best in our work, for each other, and most importantly, for our precious son.

The Secret Life of Melatonin

Melatonin is a commonly used over the counter sleep aid, but this hormone's effect on fertility and puberty are powerful and not fully understood in humans. Caution should be exercised before any chronic use or using melatonin in kids.

Difficult Choices Following Bipolar Destabilization

Medical withdrawal from enrollment can be a painful but necessary choice sometimes encountered by university students with bipolar disorder. This blog post discuses the importance of carefully managing ones recovery during the time away from school in order to maximize chances of success upon return to the university environment.

Some Medications May Alter Childhood Brain Development

Medications that disrupt REM sleep may alter brain structure during critical phases of child development.

How Does Your Circadian Clock Keep Track of the Seasons?

Until now, the specific neurobiology of how our circadian clocks keep track of the seasons has been a mystery. Recently, researchers identified how circadian rhythms synchronize with the seasons. These findings could lead to new treatments for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and insomnia.

How Light Harms Your Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on June 30, 2015 in Sleep Newzzz
Light exposure alters the ebb and flow in the body of the “sleep” hormone melatonin, which occurs in circadian rhythm.

How Does Your Child Sleep?

Having difficulty getting your child to bed down in the evenings? Check out this new book for frazzled families.

12 Bliss Tips: Love and Gratitude Can Reduce Stress

The 4th of July is a time for celebrating freedom and the world comes aglow with fireworks. It is a good time to rethink ways of freeing yourself from stress, making the time to dream, and practicing gratitude and kindness to find your bliss.

Saving Sleep Medicine

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

What Do Dreams Mean?

Dreams have fascinated people from the beginning of time. People believe dreams foretell the future; that they have psychological meanings; we commune with sprits and the dead; that there are visitations from ancestors; dreams are filled with omens and auguries. They are steeped in mystery, as if written in some kind of secret code, decipherable to a special few.

The Dark Side of Dreaming

By Michelle Carr on June 21, 2015 in Dream Factory
Lucid dreamers may unearth powerful unconscious fears or memories, turning their experience into a lucid nightmare. Techniques can help to confront and overcome these lucid nightmares.

Sex Pills for Women: Teasing the Hype From Hope

Talk about the new sex pill harkens back to century-old health debates.

Cue-dependent Learning During Sleep Can Reduce Prejudice

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on June 15, 2015 in Memory Medic
Bias is learned. It can be unlearned by counter-conditioning.

Commonly Asked Questions About Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on June 14, 2015 in Dream Catcher
What is the current scientific consensus concerning dreams?

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

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on June 10, 2015 in The Sports Mind
NBA teams may be getting better at mitigating players' jet lag.

Are You Getting Enough Sleep? There's Only One Way to Tell.

By Meir H. Kryger M.D. on June 08, 2015 in Sleep and Be Well
When people hear that I am a sleep specialist, invariably one of three questions arises: What sleeping pill do I recommend? Is there anything besides CPAP for sleep apnea and how much sleep do people need? From my perspective, the question really is, why are people so interested in the amount of sleep they are getting?

The Anti-Relaxation Movement

Who is telling me to relax?

Observing the damaged brain for clues about dreaming

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on June 02, 2015 in Sleep Newzzz
In recent years, a number of important scientific breakthroughs in understanding dreams have come from research involving neurological conditions.

Do Prescription Sleep Medications Cause Sleepwalking?

Although many people think that sedative-hypnotic sleep aids often cause sleepwalking, this adverse effect is rare.

How to Fix Broken Sleep

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on June 01, 2015 in Think, Act, Be
What works for insomnia might surprise you--and your doctor.

Creative Rehabilitation For Brain Injury. Part 1: Concussion

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on May 31, 2015 in Trouble in Mind
Often good rehabilitation facilities for brain-injured people are not readily accessible or affordable. Creative programs involving family and friends as the rehabilitation support team can be very effective in these cases, and are in place for the long term, unlike rehab centers. In this first post I focus on concussion.

How to Direct Your Dreams

By Michelle Carr on May 28, 2015 in 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.

Not Sleeping?

Rolling around in bed thinking a mile a minute when you want to be sleeping isn’t fun. Sometimes a simple mindfulness routine can turn down the tensions and send you into dreamland.

Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk for Depression in Men

Not only can sleep apnea raise your risk for heart problems, excessive daytime fatigue, and liver issues, but a new study finds that it also doubles the risk for depression in men between the ages of 35 and 83.

Sleepless in the Summer

How to improve your sleep when the mercury rises

4 Morning Success Rituals to Start Your Day Off Right

Tips to ensure a calm, productive morning.

Conversation with a Mother about Sleep Training her Baby

Dear Dr., I need help! I have a lovely 11 month old baby girl and my husband and I both work full-time… I resorted to sleep coaching recently… I am afraid that we have already done irreparable damage to our sweet baby.