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Healthy rest, problem sleep, and the dreams and nightmares therein
John Cline Ph.D.
Research indicates that the purpose of sleep may lie at the cellular level. Decreased activity of DNA in sleep may allow for needed repairs to chromosomes damaged in wakefulness.
Sleep problems limit the effectiveness of first responders and increase the danger of their work. A comprehensive approach is needed to ensure first responders get adequate sleep.
During World War II waring nations often used powerful stimulants to decrease the need for sleep and improve mental effectiveness. Unfortunately, there were long range costs.
The use of advanced imaging techniques has led to increased understanding of the brain mechanisms responsible for sleep and dreams.
Dreams have presented an enigma throughout human history but new research is illuminating the sources and reasons for their existence.
It is midsummer, a time often associated with dreams of future love. But what are dreams and where do they come from? Science has found it difficult to answer these questions.
Careful evaluation is needed when patients hear, see, or feel things that are not there. Sleep-related hallucinations are usually benign but could indicate a serious disorder.
New research shows that sleep deprivation increases the production and spread of proteins associated with the development and progression of Alzheimer's disease.
Recent research shows that weighted blankets can help some people fall asleep more quickly and sleep more soundly.
Can we increase the effectiveness of naps? A cup of coffee before a brief nap can improve alertness more than the coffee or nap alone.
Psychological and behavioral therapies and medication are used to treat nightmares. The most effective treatments help to change the content and emotional tone of nightmares.
Nightmare disorder occurs when nightmares are intense, frequent, deeply disturbing, and cause difficulty with daytime functioning.
Slightly different frequencies can be delivered to each ear resulting in a binaural beat. These beats can be given at the frequency of known brain wave bands and may help us relax.
Misophonia is a disorder of extreme emotional responses to innocuous sounds like slurping or lip-smacking. Treatments are being developed.
ASMR is a sensory experience some people have; it's evoked by certain mundane sounds and sights. Some find it calming and say it helps them sleep.
As the population ages, mild cognitive impairment and dementia are increasingly common. Research is showing the important link between sleep and the progression of these disorders.
Due to demanding schedules, many people get less sleep during the week than would be optimal. Research is now addressing the potential for weekend sleep to make up for the loss.
This isn't the first time someone has blamed a powerful sleep aid in the wake of bad press. How does it actually affect those who take it?
Many jobs have shifts that don't fit the 9-to-5 workday. Shift work can cause a sleep disorder with difficulty falling asleep when off and difficulty staying awake on the job.
New research is showing just how prevalent insomnia is for people seeking mental health treatment, how disabling it is, and how important it is to make it a focus of treatment.
How do most people cope with the annual Daylight Saving Time change? Often with extra coffee. But why is it so effective?
One in ten people report having out of body experiences. They can happen in a number of situations including when falling asleep. Research is helping us to understand why.
Coffee is a wonderful drink that has been used in the west for hundreds of years to brighten the mind and mood. But it can make sleep difficult unless used with good sleep hygiene.
Over the past decade increasing evidence has emerged indicating that insomnia, especially when it occurs in a setting of short sleep, is related to heart disease.
Alien abduction experiences may be due to a wide range of causes including hypnotic phenomena, surgical anesthesia, sleep state dissociations, and maybe alien abductions.
Alien abduction experiences are probably more common than we realize. They are often frightening, sometimes life transforming, and can have both positive and negative aftereffects.
Experiencing "alien abduction" can change a life—for good or ill. Is it similar to other anomalous experiences or is it something else entirely?
While many patients are using medical cannabis to treat insomnia, and research progress is being made, there is much that needs to be done to insure efficacy and safety.
Increasing numbers of patients are using medical marijuana for treatment of their insomnia. Patients need reliable information about what it does and how it works.
Cannabis is being increasingly used for its medicinal and psychotherapeutic potential. Does it have the properties necessary to be an effective treatment for insomnia?
John Cline, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, Diplomate of the the American Board of Sleep Medicine, a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and a clinical professor at Yale University.