The Power of Nap or The Power of Walk?

The Power of Nap or The Power of Walk?

To nap or not to nap: that is the question. Some people swear by the power of naps, actually calling them “power naps.” They’re powerful, they say, because they feel recharged, refreshed, and rejuvenated after they wake up. Others, not so much. They insist that if you’re struggling through your day after a night of sleeplessness,…

Melatonin Is Not a Simple Solution To Sleeplessness

Melatonin Is Not a Simple Solution To Sleeplessness

Here’s a truism for you: people love simple solutions. If ‘x’ is a problem, take ‘y.’ There. Done. Problem fixed. (Make a wiping motion with your hands.) Hopefully. Simple solutions don’t take much work, don’t call for much change and don’t always cost much — that’s what makes them simple! Unfortunately, simple solutions often create…

Dream Analysis: Should Ann Faraday Be Called the “Fairy Godmother of Do-It-Yourself Dream Interpretation?”

Dream Analysis: Should Ann Faraday Be Called the “Fairy Godmother of Do-It-Yourself Dream Interpretation?”

While making the rounds of various TV and radio talk shows, with the release of Dream Power (1972) and subsequent release of The Dream Game (1975), psychologist Ann Faraday popularized both the activity of dream journaling and the idea dreams could be meaningful.  Her books sold over 500,000 copies, according to Harper & Row, her publisher. The Encyclopedia of…

Avoid the Hypnic Jerk with Lucid Dreaming

Avoid the Hypnic Jerk with Lucid Dreaming

Falling. . . . Falling. . . . Falling. . . . “Ahhh!” Boom! Splat! You wake up. You gasp. It takes a moment to get oriented. You exhale. You relax. Good. You’re not dead. You landed in bed — or wherever else you fell asleep. This sensation is known as a hypnic jerk. It happens…

Sleep & Science: Adventures with Leptin

Sleep & Science: Adventures with Leptin

The human body frequently gets compared to a machine. It’s not. Making a comparison like that is taking a mental shortcut. Writers searching for convenient analogies are guilty. We should forgive them, however, because they’re just trying to explain how stuff works in easily understood ways. Besides the fact humans are living and machine aren’t, machines operate…

Hypnos Got a Bad Rap from Hesiod and Society

Hypnos Got a Bad Rap from Hesiod and Society

Ancient Greeks had a mixed relationship with sleep. The stigma didn’t start with us. It might not have begun with them. It probably started with the first men and women, maybe Adam and Eve or whoever. Either way, Hesiod and other ancient Greek writers had a choice. They could have made the god of sleep…

Save a Life! Stop Snoring

Save a Life! Stop Snoring

When we were leaving Sunday afternoon, your wife was all smiles as you backed the car out of your driveway. She looks really happy, I thought. I didn’t think much about it at the time. I have figured out why now. She was looking forward to a full night of sleep! The poor woman hasn’t…