How much sleep do you need?

The question I’m asked most, and the one I’m most reluctant to answer (unless you’ve got at least 30 minutes to kill), is: “How many hours of sleep do I need?” To understand sleep need, we need to review a few concepts and bust a few myths.

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Jade Wu
How to lose a guy (or gal) in 10 years: Common problems in couples' communication and how to solve them

I’ve worked in a fertility clinic, where even the most loving and glowing relationships are put through the grinder… Here, the most common frictions between couples are highlighted and blown up like textbook examples of what can go wrong in couples’ communication. In this post, I share some of the most universal themes I’ve observed, along with advice that applies to every couple.

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Jade Wu
Insomnia 101 - How the brain regulates sleep and how you can help

Want to know what I do in a typical Session 1 for insomnia? This post is essentially a written version of what I say to most insomnia patients in my clinic… “If you can’t sleep, stop trying. The act of trying to sleep, like flailing in quicksand, is probably the worst thing you can do in an insomnia moment.”

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Jade Wu
Hot off the press: Rest-activity rhythms predict cognitive function in Parkinson's disease

Last year I gave a talk to a peer support group of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). The topic is important to patients and their families, but rarely ever discussed by their neurologists: “Non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease.” I’m taking a week off from regular tip-based programming to talk about this topic, which is the subject of my latest peer-reviewed scientific study.

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Jade Wu
How to tame your overactive mind at night

Does your mind get a second wind as soon as you turn out the lights at night? Perhaps you’re plagued by worries, or perhaps it’s just a string of random musings, song lyrics, to-do lists, philosophical questions, embarrassing memories, and one-way conversations with unrelenting insomnia. It feels like there is a gaggle of excited puppies that won’t leave you alone, and the harder you try to calm them down, the faster they go bouncing around the room of your mind.

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