Sleep Science Still in Early Stages

-Rick Nauert, PhD A new research review finds that sleep remains an enduring biological mystery with major clinical relevance. Thomas Scammell, M.D., of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and colleagues discovered that in recent decades, new technologies have allowed neuroscientists to identify multiple brain circuits that govern the sleep/wake cycle, as well as theContinue reading “Sleep Science Still in Early Stages”

10 Ways to Beat Insomnia and Get Better Sleep

-Therese J. Borchard Two-and-a-half years ago, I experienced a terrible case of insomnia. I took the sleeping drug Lunesta (eszopiclone), which afforded me a few wonderful nights’ sleep until I realized it substantially increased my anxiety during the day. Within a week on the drug, I became addicted, experiencing more and more withdrawal (anxiety) symptoms. OtherContinue reading “10 Ways to Beat Insomnia and Get Better Sleep”

Sleep Plays Key Role in Reducing Emotional Trauma

-Rick Nauert, PhD Does sleep help individuals process stress and trauma, or does it actually intensify emotional reactions and memories of the event? This previously unanswered question was addressed in a recent University of Zurich study. Investigators discovered sleep, especially during the first 24 hours after a trauma, appears to play a key role inContinue reading “Sleep Plays Key Role in Reducing Emotional Trauma”

Using Digital Devices Around Bedtime Can Disrupt Kids’ Sleep

-Rick Nauert, PhD A new study discovers use of devices such as smartphones and tablets at bedtime more than doubles the risk of poor sleep in children. Previous research suggests that 72 percent of children and 89 percent of adolescents have at least one device in their bedrooms and most are used near bedtime. TheContinue reading “Using Digital Devices Around Bedtime Can Disrupt Kids’ Sleep”

What It Means When You Have a Bad Dream About Your Partner

Accurate or not, nightmares about your partner can be bad for your relationship. Michelle Carr Almost all dreams contain social situations, and most of these dreamed interactions involve friends, family, and frequently, our romantic partners. Some dream researchers believe that dreaming of a friend or partner acts as a simulation of a real-life relationship, andContinue reading “What It Means When You Have a Bad Dream About Your Partner”

Do Your Dreams Have Meaning?

Understanding the aspects of sleep and significance of dreams. Meir H. Kryger, MD All people dream. Dreams, or the manifestations of dreaming – rapid eye movements (REMs), begin even before we are born and we continue to dream, usually between two to five times a night until we die. We forget almost all our dreams.Continue reading “Do Your Dreams Have Meaning?”

Sleep Can Impact Relationship Satisfaction

-Rick Nauert, PhD New research discovers that when husbands and wives get more sleep than on an average night, they are more satisfied with their marriages — at least the following day. In the study, Florida State University psychology professor Dr. Jim McNulty and graduate student Heather Maranges hypothesize that sleep is linked to self-regulation orContinue reading “Sleep Can Impact Relationship Satisfaction”

Sleep Disorders Among Vets on the Rise

-Traci Pedersen U.S. military veterans were six times more likely to experience a sleep disorder in the year 2010 than they were in 2000, according to a new study of more than 9.7 million U.S. veterans published in the journal Sleep. The largest increases were identified in patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), other mentalContinue reading “Sleep Disorders Among Vets on the Rise”

These 5 Foods and Substances Can Cause Anxiety and Insomnia

Before you reach for the medicine cabinet, take a look at your dinner plate. Do you suffer from panic attacks or have trouble sleeping? If so, you may have tried stress reduction techniques or even medications, but has anyone ever asked you what you eat? It may surprise you to learn that certain everyday foods,Continue reading “These 5 Foods and Substances Can Cause Anxiety and Insomnia”