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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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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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Darkness Treats Mania?
January 24, 2017

Bright light is one of the most rapidly effective treatments for depression and may be helpful for depression even in people…

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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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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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Chronotherapy for Depression
March 16, 2015

Chronotherapy for depression was recently shown to be effective in a fairly large and well designed study from New Zealand. What…

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Travel and Mood
February 15, 2015

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 Rhythm Self Assessment
November 30, 2014

I ran across a wonderful tool for circadian rhythm self assessment on the website of the Center for Environmental Therapeutics. The Center…

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Sleeping at the Right Time
October 23, 2014

Sleeping can become a major preoccupation at times of stress, or when one is depressed, or when the seasons change, as…

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Spring into Summer: Light and Sleep Changes
June 3, 2014

Many people have been noticing the very long days of late Spring and early Summer. There is more energy to get…

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Sleep and the Lunar Cycle
May 17, 2014

One of our readers wondered if bipolar people are more sensitive to lunar cycles. I could not find any evidence for…

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How Light Affects the Brain
March 31, 2014

Two recent articles that I reviewed highlight the accumulating evidence that something as simple as sunlight has profound impacts on brain…

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Sleep Therapy and Depression
November 28, 2013

What would you do if you could double the effectiveness of your antidepressants? Let’s say that this new treatment also had…

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Late Night TV Blues
August 27, 2013

Studies have tended to find that watching more TV is correlated with higher levels of depression, but is that just because…

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“Normal” Sleep
August 24, 2013

One of the justifiable criticisms of psychiatry is that it has a tendency to define a relatively narrow range of behavior…

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Get Ready for Fall
August 22, 2013

As August winds itself up, it is time to start thinking about the fall and then winter coming up. A little…

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