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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.

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Should Bedrooms be No-Phone Zones for Teens?

By Amy Green M.A., C.C.C. on February 17, 2017 in Psy-curious
Three ways parents can help their teens log off before turning in for the night - without the power struggle.

SHUTi: A New Insomnia Treatment Via the Internet

SHUTi, a promising new Internet-based therapy for treating insomnia, is offering hope to people who can't find or afford a therapist, and don't want to take medication.

Taking Melatonin but Still Can't Sleep?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Understanding the role of melatonin in sleep helps explain its limited usefulness in relieving insomnia.

Sleep Disturbances Have Many Causes

Is chronic insomnia wearing you down? Learning about different kinds of sleep problems and their causes may help you find a more effective treatment.

Are Your Circadian Rhythms Out of Whack? Try Pitching a Tent

By Christopher Bergland on February 02, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Spending the weekend on a camping trip with minimal artificial light exposure and an abundance of natural light can reset your internal circadian clock, according to a new study.
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Treating Insomnia Part II - Sleep in the Elderly

Getting back to sleep seems daunting to many. It should not be.

Practicing Darts in Lucid Dreams Improves Performance

By Michelle Carr on January 31, 2017 in Dream Factory
Practicing motor tasks in lucid dreams may help to improve performance, although only, if you are able to focus on the task in your dream.

VA Says 68,000 Vets Addicted to Opioid Painkillers

By Eric Newhouse on January 23, 2017 in Invisible Wounds
Opioid painkillers are addictive, but the VA has been prescribing them to about a half million vets—and treating nearly 70,000 of them for addiction to their meds.

Virtual Reality and Dream Research

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on January 22, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Virtual reality environments may be used to influence dream content patterns
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5 Myths About Insomnia to Help You Sleep Tonight

Can't sleep? Groggy mornings? Get back on track with 5 myth-busting tips that will help you get your best night's sleep.

Late-Night Smartphone Use Often Fuels Daytime Somnambulism

By Christopher Bergland on January 18, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A growing body of research offers compelling evidence that late-night smartphone use can trigger sleep disturbances linked to subpar daytime performance, depression, and anxiety.

Anxious or Depressed? 'IntelliCare' Is an App Suite for That

By Christopher Bergland on January 05, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new study reports that the IntelliCare smartphone app developed by psychologists at Northwestern University (and available for FREE!) can help reduce anxiety and depression.
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Dreaming Is Play: A New Theory of Dream Psychology

The best way to understand the psychological power of dreaming is to recognize it as a kind of play that promotes the flexibility and adaptive creativity of the human mind.

Patience: A Wise Response to Life

In today’s society, we have come to expect the instantaneous, the rapid, the quick, the get-it-done-right-now. We are simply impatient people.

Treating Insomnia Without Using Prescription Medications

Are you taking a sleep aid that no longer works or is causing side effects? Many non-medication approaches can help you get the sleep you need avoiding prescription drugs.
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5 Relaxation Techniques for Better Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on January 01, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Has the New Year already started to stress you out? New diets, exercise and wellness routines, making you nuts?

EMDR and the Sleep Connection

By John Cline Ph.D. on December 31, 2016 in Sleepless in America
Growing evidence indicates that EMDR is effective in treating PTSD. Could it be that it works by activating brain systems similar to those active in REM sleep?
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Something with Poison in it …. Poppies.

By John Cline Ph.D. on December 31, 2016 in Sleepless in America
Pain medicines such as morphine have been of great benefit to those suffering from terrible pain but they can have serious side effects and can affect sleep in unexpected ways.
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Dreaming Linked to Bursts of Brain Activity During Sleep

By Michelle Carr on December 31, 2016 in Dream Factory
A new study finds a link between dream recall and short bursts of brain activity occurring during sleep; both may reflect a 'memory replay' function of sleep.

Hit the Snooze for Lucid Dreams?

By Michelle Carr on December 31, 2016 in Dream Factory
Lucid dreams are more likely to occur during lighter sleeps, like naps or after early morning awakenings, when the mind is more aroused and closer to waking.

Autism and Screen Time: Special Brains, Special Risks

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on December 31, 2016 in Mental Wealth
Is your gut telling you that your child with autism has too much screen time? Here are 11 reasons why ASD kids are more vulnerable to screen time effects, including addiction.

Is There a Link Between Poor Sleep and Obesity?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on December 28, 2016 in Media Spotlight
How well did you sleep last night? And what might this mean in terms of your overall health? A new study highlights how poor sleep and obesity are related.

3 Habits That Could Be Wrecking Your Sleep

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on December 28, 2016 in Minding the Body
Eating too little fiber, unwinding with alcohol, or checking social media frequently may undermine your ability to get a good night’s sleep.

5 Ways to Make Your Life Better in the New Year

Looking for ways to improve your life in the new year? Learn 5 ways you can make this next year the best ever.

Does Divorce Damage Infants and Toddlers?

Designed as "sensory absorption bodies," young children are acutely attuned to their environments. How can parents best manage the distress of divorce to minimize its impact?
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5 Essential Strategies for Insomnia

Insomnia and mania will both respond to these natural solutions.

Pain, Sleep, and Affection

By Sean M. Horan Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in Adventures in Dating
Do you think you get as much affection as you'd like? New research examines that perception, along with pain and sleep.

Single Moms and Holiday Stress

Are you a single mom who dreads the holidays? You have the power to enjoy the season.