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Psychology

Essays and videos offering insights into the self, relationships, cognition and neuroscience
Two women sleeping and leaning on each against a large sign reading ‘Japanese Zen Spa’.
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Work

A Swedish expat in the Philippines wonders: what’s up with people sleeping at work?

14 minutes

Painting of a person in a colourful robe sleeping on a desert ground with a lute beside them, and a lion standing over them under a night sky.
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Sleep and dreams

How might the dreamworlds of other animals differ from our own?

8 minutes

Minimalist drawing of a figure sitting with one leg bent and head resting on hands, rendered in black ink on a beige background.
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Stories and literature

The diaries of Kafka

By day an insurance official, by night he was an incessant, insomniacal scribe of the space between waking and dreaming

Ross Benjamin

Dark window with reflections and a red brick wall faintly visible through the glass. The light creates a blurred, shadowy effect on the brick surface.
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Neuroscience

A thickness in the air

The spooky sensation that someone or something else is right there haunts us all. But what does this felt presence mean?

Ben Alderson-Day

A black dog sleeps peacefully indoors on the floor, with a blurred background of a room featuring wooden furniture and double doors.
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Sleep and dreams

The dreams of animals

The psychic lives of nonhuman dreamers reveal colours, harmonies and beauties of which we had little inkling until now

David M Peña-Guzmán

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Fairness and equality

Poor sleep

Being on-call, out-of-sync and underslept is not just personal but a pervasive political injustice. Bold change is needed

Jonathan White

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Sleep and dreams

Ancestral dreams

We’re not the only beings that dream. What visions might sleep bring to a cell, an insect, a mollusk, an ape?

Sidarta Ribeiro

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Sleep and dreams

Inside your dreamscape

Dream-hacking techniques can help us create, heal and have fun. They could also become tools of commercial manipulation

Adam Haar Horowitz, Robert Stickgold & Antonio Zadra

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Sleep and dreams

Why do we sleep?

Adults sleep less than babies. Sperm whales sleep less again. A new mathematical theory unlocks the mysteries of slumber

Van Savage & Geoffrey West

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Sleep and dreams

Nightmares becalmed

I’m a dream engineer. Through touch, scent and sound, we help people rescript the dramas of their sleeping lives

Michelle Carr

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Sleep and dreams

In exile from the dreamscape

We live in a wake-centric world that devalues dreaming, yet we need to experience dreams to be our authentic selves

Rubin Naiman

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Neurodiversity

The work of a sleepwalking artist offers a glimpse into the fertile slumbering brain

4 minutes

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Sleep and dreams

Here’s to naps and snoozes

American work culture, seeping around the globe, threatens to ruin the pleasures and benefits of public, communal sleep

Todd Pitock

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Sleep and dreams

Chocolate, monsters and mothers – surreal glimpses of our most common dreams

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Sleep and dreams

Down with the larks: on the virtues of sleeping like a sloth

Joel Frohlich

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Sleep and dreams

The lucid dreaming playbook: how to take charge of your dreams

Denholm Aspy

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Sleep and dreams

Our dreams have many purposes, changing across the lifespan

Patrick McNamara

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Sleep and dreams

How sound and smell cues can enhance learning while you sleep

Sadie Witkowski

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History

The empire dreamt back

To help rule its empire, Britain turned to psychoanalysis. But they weren’t willing to hear the truth it told

Erik Linstrum

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Politics and government

American dreaming 3.0

Embrace dreams as a counter to the naive realism of politics today, and they could become a potent democratic force

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

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Sleep and dreams

Sleepwalking is the result of a survival mechanism gone awry

Phil Jaekl

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Stories and literature

Leonard Cohen turns an erotic fantasy that wasn’t into a sleepless night’s work

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Sleep and dreams

How the 24-hour society is stealing time from the night

Leon Kreitzman

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Sleep and dreams

Dreams and revelations

The world’s great religions and spiritual journeys emerged from dreams and visions. Neurochemistry tells us how

Patrick McNamara