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Earlier Bedtimes May Help Protect Adolescents Against Depression And Suicidal Thoughts

A study in the January 1, 2010 issue of the journal Sleep found that adolescents with bedtimes that were set earlier by parents were significantly less likely to suffer from depression and to think about committing suicide, suggesting that earlier bedtimes could have a protective effect by lengthening sleep duration and increasing the likelihood of […]

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Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index – An Excellent Free Psychological Screening Instrument For Sleep Disturbance

The excellent response to BMED Report’s recent review of The Big Five Inventory came as a pleasant surprise. In light of the intense reader interest, other quality psychological assessment/screening instruments that are freely available will receive occasional reviews heretofore. Healthcare practitioners, like most everyone, look for ways to save money yet to maintain the highest […]

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Current Directions, Future Challenges, And New Thinking In Comorbid Insomnia

The American Journal Of Managed Care made available (for free) two excellent articles on co-morbid insomnia. “Comorbid Insomnia: Current Directions and Future Challenges” provides an excellent background and overview of this complicated sleep disorder, while “Current and New Thinking in the Management of Comorbid Insomnia” reviews current medications along with a short explanation of behavioral […]

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Neurofeedback Significantly Improves Sleep In A Small Group Of Insomniacs

In an unpublished study* (in press), researchers report that home-based neurofeedback training (“tele-neurofeedback”) leads to significant improvements in sleep for participants with insomnia. A electromyography (EMG) biofeedback group (“tele-biofeedback”) was used as a comparison group. Seventeen participants were randomly assigned to a neurofeedback (n=9) or biofeedback condition (n=8), and 12 control subjects (i.e., healthy sleepers) […]

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Improves Sleep In Those Diagnosed With Chronic Primary Insomnia

Approximately 5% of persons in the United States suffer from primary persistent insomnia and many are prescribed sedative hypnotics or antidepressant medications. However, prescription medication can also cause side effects or create dependence, and published data on their efficacy for sleep disorders is limited*. Additionally, poor sleep may return once the medication intake stops*. The […]

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SMR Neurofeeback Improves Sleep and Memory After Only 10 Sessions

Researchers* report that participants’ sleep and declarative memory improved after they received 10 sessions of human sensorimotor rhythm (SMR) neurofeedback in a randomized parallel group design. SMR is an EEG frequency band from 12-15 Hz that is associated with an alert, attentive state coupled with calm or silent motor activities. The cat who remains completely […]

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