Essential Reads

Your Brain Does Not Like Sleeping in a New Place

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on May 02, 2016 in Good Thinking
Only half of your brain enters deep sleep when you try to sleep in an unfamiliar place.
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That First Night

There's no place to sleep like home - with new challenges for travel.

Daydream Your Way to Better Grades

Got a final exam tomorrow (or some other memory task)? A good night’s sleep is the best preparation, but what if you don't have time for sleep? New research offers a ray of hope.

Why Forcing a Smile at Work is Bad for Your Health

5 tips to help you avoid the stress and exhaustion of "faking it."

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Test Anxiety

While it is normal to feel some dreaded apprehension about taking an exam, test anxiety takes emotions to a whole new extreme.

Top 5 Ways Biofeedback Can Change Your Life

Are you turning to pills to make your life better? Biofeedback and neurofeedback could be the answer you're looking for.

Six Aromatherapy Essential Oils for Stress Relief and Sleep

What essential oils are best for R&R? Find out the top 6 relaxing essential oils for aromatherpy.

It's Autism Awareness Month

Autism is even more complex than most people realize. Here's what more than 20 members of the autism community wish were better understood about autism.

Timing Power

Time rules life. You want to know how to use it.

Electronic Tools for the Sleep Revolution

Arianna Huffington's call for a "sleep revolution" includes an important role for new technologies that monitor and track people's sleep patterns.

Low on Sleep, Teenagers Behave in Risky Ways

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on April 22, 2016 Sleep Newzzz
Did you know that insufficient sleep also puts teenagers at greater risk for injury?

6 Steps for Getting Your Child to Sleep Alone

This is a hard habit to break, but hopefully patience, firmness and support should do the trick.

Sleepiness and Adolescent Drivers

Sleepy adolescents who drive are a danger to themselves and others.

Three Breathing Exercises to Lessen Stress and Improve Sleep

Breathing is a free and easy way to relieve difficult emotions, sleep better, and find some peace.

Statins for Sleep Apnea?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on April 05, 2016 Sleep Newzzz
We need to improve our diagnosis rates OSA, and get more people into treatment for sleep apnea and the other health complications that often accompany the disorder.

Sleep, Lifestyle Factors Affect Concussion Risk, Recovery

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on April 04, 2016 Brain Trauma
Post-concussion recovery guidelines include "relative rest;" Plus to understand how concussions affect sleep, you have to look at all 5 factors that affect risk and recovery.

Mindful Habits that Offset the Stresses of Modern Living

Modern life tends to disconnect us from what really nourishes our brains and bodies. Adopt these easy habits of daily living to reconnect with what really matters, and thrive.

Dangerous Driving

Drowsy driving increases the risk of a serious motor vehicle accident. There are a number of steps that can be taken to reduce this risk.

The Second-Best Happiness Tip

For those who find it difficult to be in great relationships, here's something that can help.

Proven Methods to Gain Insight Into Your Dreams

By Michelle Carr on March 30, 2016 Dream Factory
Research details two simple techniques that dream sharing groups can follow in order to stimulate insight into any dream’s meaning.

Political Insomnia Disorder

Attention! Attention! To sleep, turn off your TV.

Sleep Paralysis

Do dreams leave us paralyzed during REM sleep?

While You Weren't Sleeping

Sleep may be a little less than one third of life. It's required for survival and health. And at least a third of the country does not appear to get enough of it.

Sleeping Like Babies…or Not So Much?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on March 18, 2016 Sleep Newzzz
New parents have enough to deal with during their children’s first months, without the additional worry that comes from being uncertain how to manage their infants’ sleep.

When Trauma Disrupts Love

When intimate partners understand the difference between normal reactions to crises and exaggerated, anguishing and lingering responses, they can help each other heal.

How Sleep Apnea Causes Biochemical Havoc in Your Brain

By David DiSalvo on March 13, 2016 Neuronarrative
For the one in 15 adults suffering sleep apnea, every night is a journey into treacherous territory. Now a study shows more precisely what the condition is doing in the brain.

The Health Dangers of Daylight Saving Time

By Mark Borigini M.D. on March 12, 2016 Overcoming Pain
Actually, this is not so surprising: prior studies have shown that disruptions in an individual’s internal body clock increase the risk of cardiovascular events.

How to Sleep Well as a New Parent

Parenting is exhausting. Here are six easy steps to restful, restorative sleep.

Seven Rules You Should Break to Get Ahead

By Jennifer Haupt on March 09, 2016 One True Thing
Some of the advice we were given as kids isn't true but sticks with us anyway -- and may be holding us back in one way or another.

When Is Depression Not Depression? Part 4

Grief is good. It is the price we pay for loving, and the path we follow to love again.

3 Ways to Know You're Ready to Sleep With Someone New

Throw away the books of rules, and stop asking others for advice. It's time to learn how to turn toward yourself for the answers, as you are your own best dating and mating guide.

Two Secrets Your Doctor Will Never Tell You

How to help your doctor help you