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Dr. Michael J. Breus
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Dr. Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine. He was one of the youngest people to have passed the Board at age 31 and, with a specialty in Sleep Disorders and Neuropsychological Testing, is one of only 159 doctors in the world with his credentials and distinction. He is the co-founder of SoundSleep Solutions, a direct-to-consumer, sleep-related information Web site, and currently serves as Chairman of the Clinical Advisory Board for Sleep Holdings, inc., the only publicly traded sleep diagnostic and therapy company in the world (SLHJ.PK). His first book, Good Night: The Sleep Doctor’s 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health (Dutton/Penguin, 2006), has been met with rave reviews and continues to change the lives of readers.

As the subject of sleep gains greater momentum in our sleep-deprived society, Dr. Breus is quickly becoming the widely recognized leader in this highly-evolving field of medicine. Dedicated to raising awareness of both sleep disorders and what he calls “disordered sleep” in the public and healthcare communities, Dr. Breus is on a mission to develop innovative education and communication programs. In addition to treating patients and training other sleep doctors, he consults with major airlines, hotel chains, and mattress manufacturers to provide effective sleep tips for their customers. His audio relaxation CD, distributed by Crowne Plaza Hotels and the online record store CD Baby, has sold over 1 million copies, and for the past 8 years, he has served as the Sleep Expert for WebMD Health, a leading Internet site for health-related information. You’ll also find him on AOL where he is a Wellness Coach and “on-air columnist” with You, The Owner's Manual, a syndicated health radio show with the bestselling author Dr. Mike Roizen.

Dr. Breus is on the faculty of the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and belongs to several speakers bureaus including Sanofi-Aventis and Orphan Medical. Young and ambitious, he has provided editorial services for numerous medical and psychology peer-reviewed journals and has given hundreds of presentations to professionals and the general public. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, Physiology and Behavior, Medicine and Science in Sports Exercise, and the Journal of Pain. Popular publications continually call on him for interviews, including Time, Reader’s Digest, Fast Company, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Elle, Self, Shape, Parent’s Magazine, Child, RedBook, Town and Country, Cosmopolitan, and Marie Claire, among others. Recent live interviews for both local, national and international news and entertainment television, as well as radio shows, have included The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, The View (twice) , CNN, CNN Business Traveler, Fox News, and The Early Show.

For more information about Dr. Breus and his views on sleep, visit his website,

Entries by Dr. Michael J. Breus

Examining the Effects of Mobile Phones on Kids and Teens

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2015 | 9:01 AM

There's an ongoing sleep study that is of great interest to me, and I expect to many others as well: for the first time, scientists will be examining the effects of mobile phone emissions on sleep and brain activity in children and teenagers. This study, recently underway, is...

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Is Sleep Technology Improving Sleep?

(3) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 8:11 AM

New technologies try to solve age-old sleep problems

Do you track your sleep with a wristband or a bedroom sleep monitor? Are you working with a sleep app for guidance on how to relieve insomnia or some other sleep problem? If so, you are part of a growing number of...

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Details From the New Frontier of Sleep

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 8:15 AM

We talk a lot about the threats that technology poses to healthy sleep -- the hazards of nighttime exposure to artificial light, the sleep-stealing impact of constant stimulation and engagement. But technology also has the capacity to change sleep for the better. New sleep technologies have flooded the marketplace in...

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New Details About How Melatonin Triggers Sleep

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 9:17 AM

Though widely known as the "sleep hormone," melatonin's exact role in sleep is far from fully understood. We know of many links between melatonin and sleep: the hormone's levels rise at night and fall during the day, regulated by the same circadian rhythms that help govern sleep. Disruptions...

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New Insights About the 'Darkness Hormone,' Melatonin

(3) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 12:48 PM

Melatonin is central to our sleep and to our cycles of rest and activity. As much as we've learned about melatonin and its importance to sleep, there's a great deal we still don't yet know about the hormone's biological functions and purpose. In the past few years, there have been...

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Digging Into Memory -- And Its Relationship to Sleep

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 9:24 AM

We've all had the experience of having our memory fail us, whether it's forgetting a name, struggling to remember what you did the day before or wandering in search of a pair of keys. Before you ascribe that fuzzy memory to a "senior moment," or to the frenetic pace of...

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Eating at Night Disrupts Sleep

(4) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 9:25 AM

Chances are, you spend time regularly thinking about what you eat, and how much you eat. But how much attention do you pay to when you eat? Life seems to only get busier, and daily schedules more hectic. It's easy, with all that's going on, to skip out on meals...

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The Harm That Light Can Do to Your Sleep

(2) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 9:29 AM

Do you think about how you use and consume light? We live in a culture where electricity and artificial light are everywhere: inexpensive and always available in seemingly endless supply. We're so used to being surrounded by light -- it's truly at our fingertips -- that many of us don't...

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Observing the Damaged Brain for Clues About Dreaming

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2015 | 11:18 AM

Thanks to advanced and digital technologies, a close study of the dreaming brain is possible. Dream researchers use neural-imaging tools range from EEG to PET scan to MRI to observe the brain's activity while dreaming. In addition to observing healthy brain activity, scientists also use cases of brain injury and...

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How Do Scientists Study Dreams?

(7) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 1:30 PM

Dreams are among the most personal and mysterious human experiences. They're also one of the most ephemeral. Memories of our dreams are often incomplete and fleeting. You may wake from sleep with sharp and vivid recollections of a dream and strong residual emotions, only to lose those memories quickly, often...

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Insomnia Could Kill You -- By Accident

(12) Comments | Posted May 9, 2015 | 12:56 PM

We talk a lot about the dangers of poor sleep, the risks to health, mental and physical well being and performance, and to quality of life. One serious consequence of poor sleep that sometimes gets overlooked? The risk it poses to accidental death.

A recent study puts in stark...

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Sleep Paralysis: You're Awake, But You Can't Move

(44) Comments | Posted April 25, 2015 | 10:19 AM

Have you ever suffered an episode of sleep paralysis? It can be a tremendously frightening experience, one you're not likely to forget. You wake from sleep immobilized, unable to move your body or turn your head. You try to make a sound, but you can't open your mouth. You feel...

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Can Sleep Problems in Teens Predict Substance Abuse?

(10) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 9:36 AM

When thinking about the factors that contribute to teenage drinking and drug use, sleep may not make many parents' lists. But it should. New research investigating the relationship between sleep and substance use among adolescents has found that sleep troubles in teens can predict several problems related to...

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Cultivating Mindfulness to Help Sleep

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2015 | 11:34 AM

Talk of mindfulness -- and its capacity to improve health and well being -- seems to be everywhere these days. From stress reduction, to exercise, to eating and weight management, mindfulness practices are increasingly being recognized for their therapeutic benefits. Another benefit to mindfulness?...

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The Role of Dreams in Our Lives

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2015 | 9:48 AM

Science has experienced great progress in deepening our understanding of dreaming. Still, there is no answer to the question: Why do we dream? There are, however, a great number of theories being explored. While some scientists posit that dreaming has no direct function -- but instead is a consequence of...

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What's in a Dream?

(4) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 9:51 AM

Not all dreaming is the same. Dreaming runs the gamut of human experience (and sometimes beyond), incorporating a dizzying range of emotions and events, often with elements of the bizarre. Dreams can be funny, frightening, sad and strange. Flying dreams can be euphoric; chasing dreams can be terrifying; forgot-to-study-for-my-exam dreams...

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Our Dreaming World

(7) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 8:19 AM

Dreaming is a fundamental, seemingly timeless part of the human experience. For many thousands of years, humans have contemplated, theorized about, and given meaning to dreams. Ancient cultures paid great attention to dreams. Among diverse ancient cultures, dreams took on many forms of meaning and significance. Sometimes dreams...

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How to Keep Snoring From Hurting Your Relationship

(3) Comments | Posted December 20, 2014 | 11:24 AM

Snoring doesn't just interfere with the snorer's sleep. When it comes to couples, one person's snoring often means sleep trouble for two. And it isn't only sleep that can suffer. Snoring can put great strain on relationships. A snoring problem often creates not only tiredness but also frustration and resentment...

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Is Sleep Apnea Related to the 'Sperm Crisis'?

(2) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 11:24 AM

The past decade or so has seen the development a worrisome trend in fertility studies -- evidence that suggests the possibility of broad declines in male sperm quality. In particular, a French study released in 2012 found significant declines in sperm quality among French men over a 17-year...

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Dreaming and Our Waking Lives

(2) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 8:22 AM

How much thought do you give to your dreaming life? We all wake and occasionally wonder why we dreamt a particular set of circumstances -- let's face it, sometimes dreams can seem strange in the light of the waking day. And for all of us at some point, a bad...

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