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Entries by Dr. Michael J. Breus from 12/2009

Not Guilty By Reason Of Sleep

| Posted 12.03.2009 | Healthy Living

Brian Thomas, who pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, was accused of killing his wife of nearly 40 years. He'd strangled her during a nightmare about fighting off an intruder.

The Lark Vs. The Owl: Ingrained Sleep Patterns

| Posted 12.04.2009 | Healthy Living

Owls tend to envy larks, though, especially when they hear about their counterparts who can rise before the sun and get half a day's work done before much of the world eats breakfast.

Beauty Sleep Is Real

| Posted 12.07.2009 | Healthy Living

Sleeping Beauty may have had the ultimate secret to looking great and maintaining that soft, dewy skin of a twentysomething.

Caffeine Adversely Affects Sleep Cycle For Many

| Posted 12.10.2009 | Healthy Living

According to a recent study, caffeine interferes with sleep and this effect worsens with age. For shift workers, who need to sleep during the day, caffeine can really antagonize sleep.

Sounds Can Change--and Boost--Your Memories

| Posted 12.14.2009 | Healthy Living

Now this is pretty cool. New research just came out showing that we can hear sounds during deep sleep, and that those sounds can influence how we cons...

Do Your Adolescent Children Keep Odd Sleep Hours?

| Posted 12.16.2009 | Healthy Living

The more we know about a young person's developing sleep habits, the better we can support optimal habits for a lifetime of good nights.

The Perfect Holiday Gift: Give The Gift Of Sleep, Part I

| Posted 12.22.2009 | Healthy Living

It's not easy finding the ideal gift for a person, especially if you're looking to watch your wallet. Luckily, in my world of sleep medicine, there's a lot to be said for giving the gift of a good night's sleep.

The Gift of Sleep, Part II: Give Yourself a Good Night's Rest

| Posted 12.22.2009 | Healthy Living

Not surprisingly, a recent survey from found that many of us do not sleep particularly well during the holiday season. There many expected and a few unexpected reasons for our lack of rest...