In: sleep

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…

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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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Internet Therapies Generate Interest
April 1, 2014

There is increasing interest in “apps” that can support mental health (one of our most enthusiastic readers recently posted a query…

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Smart Phones May Disrupt Sleep
February 13, 2014

There is no “off” switch for our brains. Going to sleep, for most people, involves a process of “coming down” from…

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Sleep Deep Cleans Your Brain
January 15, 2014

Beep, beep, beep, beep! Snooze……Beep, beep, beep, beep! You open your eyes, roll out of bed and start wondering why you…

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The Evils of the Snooze Button – Why Sleeping In Makes You Feel Tired
January 10, 2014

Winter is the time of year that the snooze button on your alarm clock can wreck havoc with your mood. Just…

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Using a Therapy Light
December 26, 2013

Christmas vacation is ending, It has been wonderful to spend some relaxing time with family, getting up later in the day,…

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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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“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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Mood and the Brain’s Clock
August 12, 2013

As we slowly move from summer to fall, it may be timely that the issue of Biological Psychiatry that arrived in…

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Treatment for Insomnia when Bipolar
July 15, 2013

Many people with bipolar disorder also experience symptoms of insomnia and sleep disturbance.  Researchers have been investigating treatments for this condition…

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SHUTi: Work towards a better night’s sleep
June 26, 2013

Having trouble sleeping? We think the website SHUTi may be helpful to you. Sleep is a crucial component for the happiness…

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Sleep Strategies
June 14, 2013

One of the most frequent causes of insomnia is anxiety. Insomnia of this kind is caused by increased activation of the…

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Nature’s Cycles
March 30, 2013

It should be raining. It is March in the San Francisco Bay area, and we have had hardly any rain for…

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Sleep and Memory
January 28, 2013

An interesting story published in the New York Times suggests that the reason we are less able to remember things as…

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Time Change: Fall Back
October 31, 2012

The time change in the United States is the classic “time of challenge and time of opportunity.” First, the challenge –…

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Bay Area Blues
October 13, 2012

If you live in the bay area you probably noticed that this past week you felt a little less energetic. It…

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Insomnia: Counting Sheep
September 19, 2012

Maybe Grandma was right. After all of the years of research and development trying to find medications to help with insomnia,…

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Night Shift
September 8, 2012

A young ER doctor came in to see us because he works the night shift, and found that he was having…

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