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Articles by Dr. Naiman

In Exile from the Dreamscape

In the Old Testament, Jacob, on the run for his life from the twin brother he betrayed, beds down for the night in the wilderness and there dreams of a ladder stretching between heaven and Earth, of angels ascending and descending, and of God assuring him of an auspicious future….

Dreamless: the silent epidemic of REM sleep loss

A recent review paper authored by Rubin Naiman of the Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, and published in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (August 2017), claims that “we are at least as dream-deprived as we are sleep-deprived” and suggests that a “silent epidemic of REM sleep deprivation” is contributing to our…

Falling For Sleep

In Evelyn De Morgan’s numinous painting, Night and Sleep (1878), Nyx, the mighty Greek goddess of night, hovers across a dusky sky with her beloved son Hypnos, the sweet-natured god of sleep. The painting and the Greek gods it captures depict a radically different way of understanding and relating to sleep. In…

7 Good Reasons To Stay Sleepless

By Dr. Rubin Naiman Maybe you’ve heard this one: A woman goes to see a psychologist and tells him her husband thinks he’s a chicken. “Well,” says the psychologist, “we have effective treatments for that. Why don’t you bring him in?” “I don’t know,” responds the woman. “We really need…

Reimagining Your Bed

By Dr. Rubin Naiman Typically undercover by day and out of awareness throughout the night, the bed is the most primordial of furnishings in our lives. We are conceived, born and die in a bed. We make love, sleep, dream, heal and are entertained in our bed. We burrow deeply…

Looking for Sleep in All the Wrong Places

By Dr. Rubin Naiman Despite dramatic increases in the number of sleep specialists, national sleep education initiatives and the use of sleep medications, healthy sleep continues to elude tens of millions of us each night. In fact, there are indications that the insomnia epidemic is worsening. Consequently, millions of us…

10 Features of Superb Sleepers

By Dr. Rubin Naiman Given all the concern about insomnia and sleep deprivation, it’s too easy to overlook the fact that there are exceptionally good sleepers among us. They tend not to get much media attention. In fact, I’ve found they are rather reticent to boast about their joyous relationship…

Why Sleep Tips Don’t Work

By Dr. Rubin Naiman Tips are ubiquitous in modern life. We are offered cooking tips, golf tips and gardening tips. There are an abundance of management, childrearing, automotive and tax tips available. And tips for weight loss, high fashion, exercise, skin care and of course, sleep, abound. My recent Google…