In: Sleep and Insomnia

Preparing for Fall
September 18, 2017

My fall preparation for 2017 illustrates the lessons learned over the past two years about what affects sleep.

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Supercharge Your Circadian Rhythms
September 11, 2017

Why a post about how to supercharge your circadian rhythms? The fact is that for a lot of us our bodies…

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An Epidemic of Fatigue
September 1, 2017

Several of my patients reported odd changes in their sleep and  their energy level this past week, as though there was…

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Travel Preparation for Bipolar
June 4, 2017

Travel and mood are very much related. Often a trip is associated with a significant change in mood. This can be…

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Circadian Rhythms and Food
May 6, 2017

Scientists are uncovering a fascinating relationship between circadian rhythms and food consumption. It looks as though when you eat can have…

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Sleep Apps and Wearable Devices
April 19, 2017

Many of the people I see complain of poor quality sleep, and a number of them have tired using various sleep…

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Chronotherapy and Getting Up Early
January 18, 2017

Getting up early is one of the best ways of counteracting depression. And having a strong circadian rhythm is especially important for people with bipolar depression because their internal “clock” may be less powerful. But it can be a challenge making a change in your sleep cycle, especially if you have always been a late riser. …

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Why Do I Have To Have a Regular Schedule?
January 7, 2017

“Why do I have to have a regular schedule” was the lurking question that hung over my conversation with Ann. She…

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Jet Lag Explained
August 8, 2016

What is “jet lag” and why do most people feel worse when they travel around the globe in one direction, rather…

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Sleep Apps Reviewed by the New York Times
July 19, 2016

Apps to monitor and improve sleep were recently reviewed in the New York Times. Using an app to try to improve…

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Online Therapy for Insomnia Reduces Depression
July 17, 2016

“If only I could get a good night’s sleep my mood would be much better.” Many people who suffer from chronic…

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How to Nap
June 26, 2016

For many people with depression the idea of taking a nap makes a lot of sense. On the other hand, staying…

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Cool Sleep Treatment
June 11, 2016

The FDA just approved a cool new sleep treatment. And we don’t mean that it is trendy, the treatment involves cooling…

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Best Treatment for Chronic Insomnia
May 17, 2016

What is the best treatment for chronic insomnia? The American College of Physicians has just published the results of a careful…

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Staying Up Late
April 26, 2016

Andy and the Nighttime Child – Staying Up Late In our practice we work with a lot of bright young people…

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Insomnia Causes the Munchies
March 9, 2016

In an article that appeared in the journal SLEEP in February, 2016, and which was summarized in a New York Times…

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Sleep Deprivation in Western Society
October 18, 2015

In February the National Sleep Foundation announced the publication of new guidelines for the amount of sleep that we should be getting…

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Getting Up Early
October 13, 2015

Getting up early is one of the best ways of counteracting depression. And having a strong circadian rhythm is especially important…

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Sleep and Learning
June 28, 2015

What is the point of sleep? We have a page on this blog devoted to the question but in the last…

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Chronic Insomnia Treatments
June 14, 2015

A recent study confirms that cognitive behavioral therapy is effective for chronic insomnia and is often more effective than medications. “What…

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