In: sleep

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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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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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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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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CBT for Insomnia Reduces Suicidal Thoughts
February 25, 2015

CBT for insomnia (CBTi) is clearly preferable to taking sleeping medications for most people. Studies show that cognitive behavioral therapy is associated with…

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Sleep Fatigue and Depression
January 16, 2015

Yesterday I gave a presentation at UCSF to the Mood Disorder Clinic psychiatrists and residents: An Update on Bipolar Depression.  Much…

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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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Fatigue and Depression or Bipolar
August 25, 2014

Fatigue is a common symptom in people with recurrent depression or bipolar. And in fact a common symptom in the general…

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Natural Supplements and Insomnia
July 14, 2014

There are two herbs or supplements that have the best data supporting their effectiveness. Both appear to be safe but have…

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