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Healthy rest, problem sleep, and the dreams and nightmares therein
John Cline Ph.D.
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?
Recently, as attitudes and laws about the use of cannabis have dramatically changed, new research and new programs are clarifying its potential medical and psychotherapeutic use.
Forgetting may be as important as remembering. New research indicates that brain changes during sleep facilitate forgetting useless information.
Have you heard strange and unsettling sounds at night and wondered if your house were haunted, but found that your bed partner was groaning while asleep? They may have catathrenia.
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?
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.
As Halloween nears, we prepare for winter and the time change when we reset our clocks and "fall back". For some people, this change will considerably affect their sleep.
People often wake in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep. Is it because eight consecutive hours of sleep per night is a construct of the modern world.
Advanced imaging techniques and powerful analytic methods allow the creation of stunning maps of functional and anatomical brain connections. Can they help understand sleep?
Naps can improve alertness and productivity without needing to use energy drinks to get through the day. Proper timing and correct duration are the secrets to successful napping.
People who have suffered trauma often experience sleep problems. Treating sleep disorder such as nightmares and insomnia can help facilitate the treatment of trauma related stress.
Why can't I sleep? Psychological trauma may be the answer.
Psychological trauma has been an unfortunately common aspect of human history. One of the major impacts of trauma is the disruption of sleep.
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.
We hear about students who can't get to sleep at a regular time, get up early, and doze off in class. But others have the opposite problem and that can be just challenging.
New understanding of neurotransmitter systems involved in sleep and wakefulness is helping guide the development of new treatment approaches to sleep disorders such as 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.