Why Do We Sleep?

It’s a simple question that you’d think would have a simple answer. We know that sleep has restorative effects on our bodies down to the cellular level, but how it all works from a biological perspective has been somewhat of a mystery. Now we’ve got more details to...

Rock Yourself to Sleep

Any new parent who has tried to get an infant to sleep knows about the secret spell of a swing. There’s something magical about the rocking motion that a swing or even human arms can provide to put a baby to sleep. It also explains why a ride in the car or a train can...

Jet Through Jet Lag

Jetting off for vacation sometime before summer ends? The anticipation of taking a time-out and getting away from the rigors of daily life can be exhilarating…until you get to your destination feeling tired, tense, and touchy thanks to jet lag. Crossing multiple time...

Dreams, Nightmares, Stress and Sleep

Most of us have experienced them: weird, vivid dreams that leave us thinking about them the next day. But “weird” can mean several things in this regard. It can imply dreams that call up people from the past, the dead, or even those of a sexual nature. Strange dreams...

Are You Afraid of Sleeping?

Nightmares are a research and clinical area that has always fascinated me. While I have experienced nightmares myself, they have been quite rare in my life. However both a recent article and patient has piqued my curiosity. Nightmares can be defined as a frightening...