Rubin Naiman

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Rubin Naiman, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, sleep and dream specialist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona's Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine.[1][2] He is a pioneer in the development of integrative approaches to sleep and dream disorders, integrating conventional sleep science with depth psychological, transpersonal and spiritual perspectives. Dr. Naiman is also a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.[3][4]

Early Life and Education

Dr. Rubin Naiman was born in Regensburg, Germany on 27 July 1949 and spent his early childhood in New York City. When he was eight, his family moved to a farm in South Jersey where he developed a deep love of nature and sensitivity to the power of natural rhythms.

Dr. Naiman completed his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University and the University of Arizona where he received a B.A. in Anthropology with honors and high distinction. He completed his M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling also at the University of Arizona, and earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Alliant University (formerly U.S.I.U. and C.S.P.P.) in San Diego.[5]


Dr. Naiman has maintained a private clinical and health psychology practice for almost forty years. For the past 30 years, he has focused primarily on sleep and dream health services and product development. Between 1990 and 2005 Dr. Naiman founded and directed sleep programs at Miraval Resort and Canyon Ranch Health Resort, where he established the first formal sleep center at a spa. Dr. Naiman has provided consultation to diverse clientele including sleep product companies, Fortune 500 CEOs, world class athletes, statesmen, actors, and rock musicians.[6][7]


In one of his major works, "Dreamless: The silent epidemic of REM sleep loss", Naiman reviews extensive data suggesting that dream deprivation is as serious a health concern as sleep deprivation. The paper discusses the causes of REM sleep loss including REM sleep suppressive substances and medications, primary sleep disorders and various behavioral and lifestyle factors. Naiman reviews research linking dream deprivation to physical illness, depression and an erosion of the breadth of consciousness. The paper concludes with recommendations for restoring healthy REM sleep.[8]

Most notable works

  • Naiman, R. "Dreamless: the silent epidemic of REM sleep loss." Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1406.1 (2017): 77-85[9][10]
  • Naiman, R. "Falling for Sleep". Aeon Magazine, July,2016.[11]
  • Naiman, R. “An Integrative Medicine Approach to Insomnia” in Rakel, David, Ed. Integrative Medicine, 3rd ed. Elsevier: 2012/2-015.

Major publications

  • Naiman, R. Healing Night: The Science and Spirit of Sleeping, Dreaming, and Awakening, Syren Book Company, Minneapolis, February 2006.
  • Naiman, R. and Weil, A. "Healthy Sleep", (Audio Book) Sounds True, October 2007.
  • Naiman, R. “Nightmind Making Darkness our Friend Again,” Psychotherapy Networker, March–April 2008.
  • Naiman, R. The Yoga of Sleep, (Audio Book) Sounds True: 2010.
  • Naiman, R. “Sleep Disturbance and Chronic Pain: An Integrative Approach,” The Pain Practitioner, American Academy of Pain Management, June 2010.
  • Naiman, R. and Paul Abrahamson. “Sleep Disorders in Rheumatologic Conditions: an Integrative Medicine Approach,” in Andrew Weil, ed. Integrative Rheumatology, Oxford University Press: 2010.
  • Naiman, R. Circadian Rhythm and Blues (part 1 & 2), March 2011.
  • Naiman, R. Insomniacs Anonymous: Do We Need a 12-Step Program for Sleep? Huffington Post. June 2011.
  • Naiman, R. “How Cool is Your Sleep?” The Pulse: Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors. Fall, 2012.
  • Naiman, R. “An Integrative Medicine Approach to Insomnia” in Rakel, David, Ed. Integrative Medicine, 3rd ed. Elsevier: 2012/2-015.
  • Naiman, R. “Integrative Medicine Approaches to Insomnia.” Sleep Review. October, 2015.
  • Naiman, R. “Remembering REM: An Integrative Approach to Dreaming.” Sleep Review. November 2015
  • Naiman, R. “Integrative Medicine Approaches to Narcolepsy.” Sleep Review. May 2016.
  • Naiman, R. Sleep and the Spectrum of Consciousness (Interview). Advances in Body-Mind Medicine. June 2016.
  • Naiman, R. Falling for Sleep. Aeon magazine. July 2016
  • Naiman, R. “The Silent Epidemic of Dream Loss,” Annals of The New York Academy of Sciences, In Press: 2017.


  1. “The University of Arizona: Faculty&Staff”
  2. Benjamin, Marina (January 5, 2019). "The Genious of Insomina". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 June 2019. 
  3. “Everyday Health: Meet the Restless Legs Syndrome Experts”
  4. Osmun, Rosie (February 3, 2015). "Deciphering The Relationship Between Dreaming and Sleeping: An Interview with Dr. Rubin Naiman, PhD". Retrieved 5 June 2019. 
  5. “About Dr.Naiman”
  6. Bryant, Miranda (November 18, 2018). "Studying your dreams: Bradley Cooper swears by it. Would trying it unleash my creativity?". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 June 2019. 
  7. Chessman, Donna-Claire (February 27, 2018). "How Sleep Deprivation Impacts Rapping and Creativity". DJBooth. Retrieved 5 June 2019. 
  8. “Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, August 2017”
  9. Naiman, Rubin (October 1, 2017). "Dreamless: the silent epidemic of REM sleep loss.". The National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved 5 June 2019. 
  10. “Science News: "An epidemic of dream deprivation: Unrecognized health hazard of sleep loss"”
  11. Naiman, Rubin (July 11, 2016). "Falling for sleep". Aeon Magazine. Retrieved 5 June 2019.