Sipping the Feels: Training Your Brain for Lucid Dreaming

Research on lucid dreams is still in its infancy, but some induction techniques already hold real promise – and most can be tried in the comfort of your own bedroom. By Achilleas PavlouPhD Researcher in Cognitive NeuroscienceUniversity of Essex Introduction Dreams can often be confusing and blurry experiences. Reduced critical thinking, little to no access to[…]

Jab over Java: How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

Getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis can help you do well in school or at work. It might even make you better-looking. By Dr. Dana McMakinAssociate Professor of PsychologyFlorida International University Just like eating, drinking or breathing, sleep is an essential part of life. In fact, all animals do it – with some interesting variations.[…]

Brewminating: Somniloquy – Why Do I Talk in My Sleep?

Watching someone talk in their sleep can be funny and sometimes even scary, but what’s happening in the brain when this takes place? Presentation from Seeker From Wikipedia: Sleep-talking (or somniloquy) is a parasomnia that refers to talking aloud while asleep. It can range from simple mumbling sounds to loud shouts and long, frequently inarticulate speeches, and can occur[…]

Oneiromancy: Dream Interpretation in the Ancient World

The ancient Sumerians in Mesopotamia have left evidence of dream interpretation dating back to at least 3100 BCE. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic Historian”Brewminate Introduction Oneiromancy (from the Greek όνειροϛ oneiros, dream, and μαντείαmanteia, prophecy) is a form of divination based upon dreams, and also uses dreams to predict the future. Oneirogen drugs may also be used to produce or enhance dream-like states of consciousness.[…]

The Bizarre Social History of Beds

Today’s beds are thought of as bastions of privacy. But not long ago, they were the perches from which kings ruled and places where travelers hunkered down with complete strangers. Introduction Groucho Marx once joked, “Anything that can’t be done in bed isn’t worth doing at all.” You might think he was referring to sleeping[…]