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Jet Lagged? Here's What to Do About It

Planning an end-of-summer trip? Here's how to protect yourself from jet lag!

What Were You Doing in My Dream?

Dreams can be weird, original and surprising. Who exactly is in charge of them?
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You Really Need to Be Tracking Your Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Recording and working with your dreams on a regular basis may allow you to better predict your illnesses, cultivate your creativity and improve your daily social interactions.

7 Major Questions (and Answers) About Dreaming

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on July 28, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Dreaming is a strange and mysterious process — one that scientists don’t fully understand. Let’s take a closer look at the stuff of which dreams are made.

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What Is There to Worry About?

By Graham C.L. Davey Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Why We Worry
At least half of our daily worries would’ve meant nothing in our parents’ era and are the product of new technologies and modern lifestyles.

On Your Adolescents Getting Up in the Morning

It's hard for adolescents to get up in the morning, especially if they suffer from depression and other mental illnesses. What tips can we get from published research?

Sleep and the Social Brain

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Each night key structures of the social brain are deactivated during NREM and then reactivated during REM. Why?

Your Dreams: Interpreted and Drawn

By Michelle Carr Ph.D. on August 14, 2017 in Dream Factory
DreamsID is a new touring performance art project between dream scientist Professor Mark Blagrove, and artist and illustrator Dr. Julia Lockheart.

Seven Studies Show That Virtue Truly Is Its Own Reward

By Meg Selig on August 09, 2017 in Changepower
Is virtue really its own reward? These seven studies suggest that good actions actually do bring a surprising wealth of benefits to those who help others.

Dogs: Putting Selection for "Tameness" To Sleep

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Mark Derr offers evidence that dogs and humans were made for each other. He argues that sociability, along with a​ delayed onset of fear, were the keys for wolves to become dogs.

Who is Sleeping the Worst, Women or Men?

By David DiSalvo on August 05, 2017 in Neuronarrative
Women aren't sleeping well, according to recent research, and often the reason is sleeping right next to them.

The Baby Box Craze

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on August 04, 2017 in Child in Mind
Many states are jumping on the Baby Box bandwagon. To accurately model the Finland Baby Box, programs that promote social connection, such as home visiting, must also be in place.

In Pain? Five Simple, Effective Things You Can Do Right Now

Struggling with chronic pain? It's linked to increased levels of anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Here are five simple, low-cost therapies can help you start feeling better.
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Back to School and Back to Early Wakeups

Is the family ready for the new school year? Here some tips for readjusting to a new sleep/wakeup schedule.
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Purpose and Sleep

Does a sense of purpose lead to better slumber?

Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 11

By Michael Jawer on July 22, 2017 in Feeling Too Much
Some dreams can serve as a virtual x-ray, indicating what’s happening in the body. The process illustrates how life-threatening trauma may generate its own distress signals.
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The Lexicon of Delirium

We must depart from traditional perspectives on delirium that have presented it as an entity without history, and one bordering on a transcendent ideal.
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Too Hot to Handle

What happens to us when it's too hot?

Botanical Treatment Options for Traumatic Stress

Hanai ‘awa a ikaika ka makani. Feed with kava so that the spirit may gain strength. —Hawaiian Proverb
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Treatment of Insomnia: Cannabis Reconsidered Part 4

By John Cline Ph.D. on June 30, 2017 in Sleepless in America
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.
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Treatment of Insomnia: Cannabis Reconsidered, Part Three

By John Cline Ph.D. on June 30, 2017 in Sleepless in America
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.

I Know How You Felt Last Night

By Michelle Carr Ph.D. on June 30, 2017 in Dream Factory
Are dreams more frequently emotional or neutral? Are they more negative or positive, or balanced? Recent research claims that 'how you measure is what you get.'
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Freedom From Sleep Disorders This Independence Day

By Kathleen Frazier on June 29, 2017 in From Sleepwalker to Sound Sleeper
Is it possible to free yourself from debilitating insomnia? What about terrifying sleepwalking or sleep terrors? Peaceful slumber is possible, one night at a time.
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Driving Asleep

Sleep is like food. You really need it before you take the wheel.

The Importance of Sleep: The Brain's Laundry Cycle

By Jean Kim M.D. on June 28, 2017 in Culture Shrink
Evidence shows sleep washes and repairs the brain and maintains our health; as a society we shouldn't neglect the importance of sleep hygiene.
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Treatment of Insomnia: Cannabis Reconsidered Part 2

By John Cline Ph.D. on June 28, 2017 in Sleepless in America
Cannabis is being increasingly used for its medicinal and psychotherapeutic potential. Does it have the properties necessary to be an effective treatment for insomnia?

Sleep, Genetic Conflict, and Human Longevity

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Non-optimal sleep durations carry a differential cost for males because too little or too much sleep is associated with defective sperm quality and shorter telomere lengths.
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How to Win at Sports

Can changing internal temperature make muscles stronger? Can biological clocks make you more fit?

7 Tips for Becoming More Mindful

By Leena S. Guptha DO on June 20, 2017 in Embodied Wellness
Feeling tired? Stressed out at work? Implementing some mindfulness techniques into your life can work wonders!

How to Avoid Taking Your Work-Related Stress Home With You

If you're mistreated at work, you're more likely to mistreat your loved ones. Studies show these two strategies end that cycle.

For New Dads - Keys To A Great Experience

What do new fathers need? A review of survey findings and pragmatic tips about how to avoid common mistakes and make the most of your first years as a father.

Thoughts in the Brain, Awake and Asleep

By Michelle Carr Ph.D. on June 15, 2017 in Dream Factory
A recent study suggests thoughts share a certain neural substrate across different states of wake and sleep, although the content of these thoughts changes during sleep.
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Sleep in Space

Beautiful, yes. Restful? Not so much.