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Are You Reading This After Midnight? More Thoughts on Insomnia

April 4, 2013 by

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“Up All Night” by Elizabeth Holbert, a  nice piece in the March 11 New Yorker, reprises the research of Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer, an anthropologist with an alternate model to our 11pm to 7am “ideal sleep schedule.” In The Slumbering Masses” Wolf-Meyer looks at the recent history of sleeping patterns. Before electric lighting, folks went to bed shortly […]

Tolerating Insomnia is Halfway There–Part 2

March 18, 2013 by

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If my hypothesis (see previous post, Part 1) proves correct that fear of insomnia increases insomnia, successful treatment should involve mastery of the fear.  We know from both experience and from cognitive-behavioral theory that avoiding the source of fear makes the fear stronger rather than weaker. Conversely, facing down the fear weakens it. Why else […]

Is fear of insomnia like fear of flying–exposure-response prevention for the sleepless? Part I

March 17, 2013 by

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  What are two major miseries of our well-off modern society?  Obesity and sleeplessness.  No surprise that they seem to be connected; looks like those who fail to get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight. They’re connected in another way: for some folks, no matter what they try, nothing is effective.  Behavioral treatments […]

Sleep Deprivation and Depression–Everything You Don’t Expect

January 29, 2013 by

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ECT, TMS, antidepressants, Ketamine–ever thought you’d heard of just about every way there is to treat depression? Well here’s one I bet you haven’t heard of: Sleep deprivation. That’s right: doctors have found that depriving patients of sleep can ease their symptomatology–and can do so faster than antidepressants. Ann Wirz-Justice, Ph.D, of the Chronobiology and […]

Knitting up “the raveled sleave of care”: Sleep and Bipolar Disorder

January 31, 2012 by

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Sleep. I, for one, am a huge fan. I love that feeling of drifting off, right before my consciousness checks out, and I adore that well-rested feeling I have when I first open my eyes after a productively-slept night. [Those nights are becoming fewer and farther between as I age, but that's just another one […]

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