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Are Your Children Ready For School?

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By Doug May
special to Mountain Mail

SOCORRO, New Mexico (STPNS) -- To the Editor:

Getting children ready for school is like preparing astronauts for a trip to the space station. There is the clothing, the medical checkups, the backpack and all the equipment, as well as the paperwork. Have you started your countdown for the liftoff?

Like astronauts, our children need to be alert when they arrive at school. Dr. Barry Krakow, an Albuquerque physician and author of the book “Sound Sleep, Sound Mind,” says the six most common sources of energy are oxygen, food, water, caffeine, exercise and sleep. The energy source, when lacking, that causes the greatest incapacity is sleep. Sleep is an energy generator that recharges our mind and body. The one problem that hampers the learning process over which the teacher has absolutely no control is drowsiness or sleep deprivation.


When Stress Keeps You Up at Night

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How Chronic Stress Screws Up Your System

It should be simple: You are tired and it's bedtime, so you drift away within minutes of putting head to pillow. But when you're stressed, things go haywire, and the exact opposite happens instead. Being even a little anxious can make your muscles tense, prompt your body to release the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, and elevate your heart rate...

... You can feel these effects when you're worried during the day. But at night, they have a stronger impact, overriding your ability to sleep or preventing you from staying asleep so you wake in the middle of the night, says Thomas Roth, PhD, director of the sleep center at the Henry Ford Hospital, in Detroit. Even if you do manage to snooze, stress will make the rest you get more fitful. Plus, you'll spend more time in the lighter stages of sleep rather than in deeper slow-wave and REM sleep, which leaves you vulnerable to waking in the middle of the night, explains Barry Krakow, MD, medical director of the Maimonides Sleep Arts and Sciences, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and author of Sound Sleep, Sound Mind.


Your Health: Easing nightmares can ease depression

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By Kim Painter, USA TODAY | USA Today

USA Today"The treatment is called imagery rehearsal therapy (IRT). It's a form of cognitive behavioral therapy, which focuses on changing harmful thought patterns. It's not the only nightmare therapy, but it is gaining ground, says physician Barry Krakow, a sleep specialist who runs the Maimonides International Nightmare Treatment Center in Albuquerque. "

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When Nightmares Won't Go Away

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by By David Freeman | Sourced from WebMD

Nightmare therapy may put chronic nightmares to rest.

Barry Krakow"Studies show that 70% to 80% of people who try IRT get significant relief," says Barry Krakow, MD, director of the Maimonides International Nightmare Treatment Center in Albuquerque, N.M. He's one of the researchers who worked on the JAMA study and the author of four books on sleep medicine, including Sound Sleep, Sound Mind.


Yael Levy recalls having chronic nightmares as far back as elementary school, when she was living in Israel. The grandchild of Holocaust survivors, she says her dreams were filled with images of suffering and death.

In one recurrent nightmare, Levy was trapped in a concentration camp, facing death. In another, she was drowning in deep water. At their worst, the nightmares occurred on an almost weekly basis, leaving her jittery and desperately fatigued.

"I would wake up so terrified that I was afraid to go back to sleep," Levy says. "And the bad feelings were hard to shake. I would continue to feel frightened throughout the next day."

Imagine That! | September 2009

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by Barry Krakow, MD | Sleep Review Magazine | View Full Article

Restoring sleep through mental imagery.

The human capacity to picture things in the mind's eye is an extremely powerful tool. Imagine for a moment your response when someone asks for directions to your favorite restaurant. Most people do not suddenly generate a line-by-line list of MapQuest steps. Instead, the map is generated in the form of a brief "video" run-through of the streets and landmarks you pass along the way.

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