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The Mystery of Sleep

The Mystery of Sleep

The reason we need sleep has long mystified scientists, but it’s crystal clear that we do need it. In fact, the more we learn about what happens while we snooze, the more we discover new benefits for multiple processes including hormone balance, immune function, emotional health, learning and memory...

January 1, 2019

The Neuroscience of Lucid Dreams

Lucid dreams are perhaps the most bizarre perceptual experience one can have. You are asleep and dreaming, but suddenly you realize that it's all just a dream.

January 31, 2015 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Less Sleep Means More Stress for Teens

Teens stay up late at night and sleep late into the morning, a result of a natural shift in their circadian rhythms. That biological schedule puts them at odds with the adult world, as well as early start times for high school...

December 10, 2014 — Mark Fischetti

Your Brain on Thanks

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It may not have the cache of winter holidays or the Cash! Yay! of a birthday, but it is the best feel-good holiday of the year.

November 27, 2014 — Stephen L. Macknik

Why Am I So Tired?

Sometimes there’s no clear medical reason for flagging energy and dragging drive.  And sometimes the tried-and-true trio of sleep, diet, and exercise doesn’t help as much as we wish...

June 25, 2014 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

Beat Jet Lag With This Scientist-Developed App

Fed up with jet lag when you fly long distances? University of Michigan mathematicians have your back. They've developed a free app, available today, based on mathematical models that can tell you when to go outdoors and when to stay in bed to avoid the sleepiness and other side effects of crossing multiple time zones [...]..

April 10, 2014 — Amber Williams

Top 9 Causes of Fatigue

House Call Doctor: Quick and Dirty Tips for Taking Charge of Your Health

April 9, 2014 — House Call Doctor Sanaz Majd
Why We Are Not Getting Enough Sleep

Why We Are Not Getting Enough Sleep

Glorious, refreshing sleep is eluding the majority of Americans. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s2013 International Bedroom Poll 56 percent of people between the ages of 25 and 55 get an insufficient amount of sleep on workdays...

February 11, 2014 — Caitlin Kirkwood
Caring for the Patient When the Patient Doesn’t Care

Caring for the Patient When the Patient Doesn’t Care

In medical school, we learn that our job is to help our patients. This point seems so obvious that we take it for granted; we tell ourselves that this is the purpose served by the endless hours in the library and late nights on the wards...

November 13, 2013 — Allison Bond
Fat Tuesday: Does Jet-Lag Make You Chronobese?

Fat Tuesday: Does Jet-Lag Make You Chronobese?

Chronic jetlag, habitual night shifts, and rotating shift work, can have deleterious consequences on circadian organization and metabolic health, says a new report in the Annals of the New York Academy of Science...

August 13, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

The Neural Magic of Hypnotic Suggestion

A new review of the scientific literature studying hypnosis, in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience, by Oakley and Halligan, discusses the potential for hypnosis to provide insights into brain mechanisms involved in attention, motor control, pain perception, beliefs and volition and also to produce informative analogues of clinical conditions...

July 29, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik
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