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Dr. Inna Mertsalova

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Can we control our dreams?

Have you ever realized mid-dreams that you’re dreaming, and then been able to somewhat control the experience? Only about 20 percent of people regularly have such “lucid dreams,” but a study in Dreaming suggests it may be possible to induce them. Researchers asked 169 participants to try several techniques, and one called MILD (mnemonic induction of lucid dreams) proved particularly effective. Researchers instructed participants to use an alarm to wake up after five hours of sleep and repeat the phrase “The next…

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In Personality

Is your personality linked to your sleep quality?

Those of you who are following publications on the Stress-n-Health corner FB are already familiar with personality traits that constitute the Big Five model. These personality characteristics (Extraversion, Neuroticism, Conscientiousness, Openness, and Agreeableness) have been investigating as predictors of sleep quality. The study published in Health Psychology  examined more than 22,000 adults aged 30 to 107. Personality and sleep quality were assessed in the beginning of the study (baseline) and then again 4 to 10 years later. The researchers found…

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In Stress and Coping

Speech patterns reveal stress

The words people use when they speak may give insight into their stress levels. In a study, researchers asked 143 participants to wear audio recorders that recorded the wearers’ speech at random times over two days. Then the researchers compared the speech patterns in those clips with a bio-marker of stress, looking at which genes were more or less active in the participants’ white blood cells. It was found that participants with more stress-related gene signatures such as increased activity…

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