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Why cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) should be first-line treatment for chronic insomnia

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Cog­ni­tive behav­ioral ther­apy offers a drug-free method for man­ag­ing insom­nia (Har­vard Health):

Many peo­ple with insom­nia turn to sleep­ing pills, which often have unwanted side effects. Few of them know about an equally effec­tive ther­apy that tar­gets the root cause of insom­nia with­out med­ica­tions. Called Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Brain waves help predict stress-related sleep problems

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Brain waves pre­dict risk of insom­nia (UPI):

Dur­ing sleep, the brain pro­duces a series of elec­tro­mag­netic waves. The major­ity of these waves are gen­er­ated deep in the brain from por­tions called thal­a­mus and cor­tex. Research sug­gests the cen­tral pur­pose of these waves is to drown out poten­tially dis­rup­tive Read the rest of this entry »

Three Ways to Bring Mindfulness Into Therapy

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Many ther­a­pists have come to regard cul­ti­vat­ing moment-to-moment aware­ness as a cura­tive mech­a­nism that tran­scends diag­no­sis, addresses under­ly­ing causes of suf­fer­ing, and serves as an active ingre­di­ent in most effec­tive psy­chother­a­pies. The clin­i­cal value of Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Long-term use of anxiety and sleeping pills can increase Alzheimer’s risk

benzodiazepinesAnx­i­ety and sleep­ing pills ‘linked to demen­tia’ (BBC):

A study of older Cana­dian adults found that past ben­zo­di­azepine use for three months or more was linked to an increased risk (up to 51%) of dementia…Benzodiazepines are used to treat anx­i­ety dis­or­ders and insomnia.

Dr James Pick­ett, head of research at the Alzheimer’s Soci­ety, said Read the rest of this entry »

Questioning brain health status quo in depression and Alzheimer’s

mentalhealthpuzzleTwo good recent pieces in The New York Times bring to the fore­front the need to ques­tion sta­tus quo mind­set and prac­tices about how to mea­sure and enhance brain health.

Sleep Ther­apy Seen as an Aid for Depression

  • Cur­ing insom­nia in peo­ple with depres­sion could dou­ble their chance of a full recov­ery, sci­en­tists are report­ing. The find­ings, based on an insom­nia treat­ment that uses talk ther­apy rather than drugs, are Read the rest of this entry »

10 Predictions on How Digital Platforms will Transform Brain Health in 2013

Just a quick note: we’ll host a webi­nar on Jan­u­ary 30th to dis­cuss key mar­ket pre­dic­tions based on “The Dig­i­tal Brain Health Mar­ket 2012–2020: Web-based, mobile and biometrics-based tech­nol­ogy to assess, mon­i­tor and enhance cog­ni­tion and brain func­tion­ing”, our new mar­ket report.

Here are 10 pre­dic­tions, many of which will likely be real­ized before the end of 2013: Read the rest of this entry »

Smart pills as cognitive enhancement? Let’s first monitor negative cognitive side-effects of common medications

Mem­ory Loss Could Be The Fault Of Your Meds, Not Your Age (Inter­na­tional Busi­ness Times):

Mem­ory loss isn’t always an inevitable sign of get­ting old – in some cases, com­mon med­ica­tions that seniors take to treat insom­nia, anx­i­ety, or even aller­gies could be to blame…Tannenbaum and her col­leagues recently inves­ti­gated what kinds of med­ica­tion are most likely to affect both mem­ory and con­cen­tra­tion. In a meta-analysis of 162 exper­i­ments on var­i­ous drugs, Tan­nen­baum con­cluded that the recur­rent use of sev­eral kinds of med­ica­tions can have impacts Read the rest of this entry »