How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

November 9th, 2018 - By jen in Sleep

Most people know they need to eat right and exer­cise to be healthy. But what about sleep? We spend about one-third of our lives asleep, and sleep is essen­tial to better health. But many of us are strug­gling with sleep. Four out of five people say that they suffer from sleep prob­lems at least once a week and wake up feeling exhausted. So how do … Continue reading

THE EDUCATIONAL TYRANNY OF THE NEUROTYPICALS

October 16th, 2018 - By jen in Autism Spectrum, Uncategorized

Neurotyp­ical” is a term used by the autism commu­nity to describe what society refers to as “normal.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in 59 chil­dren, and one in 34 boys, are on the autism spectrum—in other words, neuroatyp­ical. That’s 3 percent of the male popu­la­tion. If you add ADHD—attention deficit hyper­ac­tivity disorder—and dyslexia, roughly one out of four people are not “neurotyp­i­cals.” … Continue reading

Teens Sleeping Too Much, Or Not Enough? Parents Can Help

September 24th, 2018 - By jen in Sleep, Teens

The average Amer­ican teenager gets seven hours of sleep a night, wedging it in between home­work, outside activ­i­ties, dinner and maybe a job. But research suggests teens need more like nine hours…Unfortunately, even their bodies work against them, says Mary Carskadon, a long­time sleep researcher and professor of psychi­atry and human behavior at Brown Univer­sity. As chil­dren grow into the middle and teen years, they … Continue reading

Yes, teens are texting and using social media instead of reading books, researchers say

August 27th, 2018 - By jen in Teens

A new study has alarming find­ings, but is prob­ably not surprising to anyone who knows a teenager: High-schoolers today are texting, scrolling and using social media instead of reading books and magazines…In their free time, Amer­ican adoles­cents are cradling their devices hours each day rather than losing them­selves in print or long-form media, according to research published Monday by the Amer­ican Psycho­log­ical Asso­ci­a­tion. Read full … Continue reading

To Remember, the Brain Must Actively Forget

August 8th, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

What hasn’t received nearly as much atten­tion from memory researchers is how the brain forgets. “The vast majority of the things that are happening to me in my life — the conscious expe­ri­ence I’m having right now — I’m most likely not going to remember when I’m 80,” said Michael Anderson, a memory researcher at the Univer­sity of Cambridge, who has been studying forget­ting since … Continue reading

Escape to another world

August 2nd, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

As video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men are drop­ping out of the job market to spend their time in an alter­nate reality. Ryan Avent suspects this is the begin­ning of some­thing big Read full article: The Econ­o­mist 1843, “Escape to another world.”

I Learned I Have Sleep Apnea. It’s More Serious Than Many People Realize.

July 30th, 2018 - By jen in Sleep

Sleep apnea can be down­right deadly, and not just for those who have it. It’s asso­ci­ated with a greater risk of depres­sion, heart attacks, strokes and other cardio­vas­cular condi­tions, as well as insulin resis­tance. As I learned, there’s no reason to meekly accept sleep apnea: There are many treat­ment options that can control it. Read full article: The New York Times, “I Learned I Have … Continue reading

Endless Gaming May Be a Bad Habit. That Doesn’t Make It a Mental Illness.

July 23rd, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

The World Health Orga­ni­za­tion last month added “internet gaming disorder” to its manual of psychi­atric diag­noses, and the reac­tion was, shall we say, muted.  At a time when millions of grown adults exchange one-liners with Siri or Alexa, the diag­nosis seems years overdue, doesn’t it? Read full article, The New York Times, “Endless Gaming May Be a Bad Habit. That Doesn’t Make It a Mental … Continue reading

Cutting Edge’ Program For Children With Autism And ADHD Rests On Razor-Thin Evidence

July 17th, 2018 - By jen in Autism Spectrum, Information on ADD/ADHD

Brain Balance says its nonmed­ical and drug-free program helps chil­dren who struggle with ADHD, autism spec­trum disor­ders and learning and processing disor­ders. The company says it addresses a child’s chal­lenges with a combi­na­tion of phys­ical exer­cises, nutri­tional guid­ance and acad­emic training. An NPR inves­ti­ga­tion of Brain Balance reveals a company whose promises have resonated with parents averse to medica­tion. But Brain Balance also appears to … Continue reading