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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

What's in a Dream?

(1) 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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EPAP and the Future of Snoring

(8) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 8:29 AM

Do you have a snorer in your life? Most of us do. Maybe you have a parent or a sibling who is known in the family for their snoring. Perhaps your partner snores. Maybe the snorer in your life is you. Snoring is one of the most common sleep problems,...

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Mind-Body Therapies to Ease Insomnia

(8) Comments | Posted November 9, 2014 | 8:38 AM

Insomnia can be a frustrating cycle of sleeplessness to break. For many people, insomnia leads not only to daytime fatigue, sleepiness, and irritability, but also to anxiety about sleep itself. Feeling stress about one's ability to sleep can make falling asleep even more difficult. This kind of negative...

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Does Cancer Grow More Aggressively at Night?

(33) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 8:14 AM

Scientists studying relationships between different types of cells have encountered some new and potentially important information about how -- and when -- cancerous tumors grow most aggressively. According to a new study, cancerous tumors may grow faster at night, during the hours typically taken up by sleep. Their...

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Does Your Sleep Wax and Wane With the Moon?

(7) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 10:47 AM

Do you notice changes in your nighttime self around the time of the full moon? I'm not talking about howling at it. I'm talking about changes to your sleep.

A new study by researchers at Sweden's University of Gothenburg has identified a link between sleep...

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Is 7 Hours of Sleep Ideal?

(15) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 11:24 AM

Eight hours. That's the nightly sleep recommendation you hear most frequently, the gold standard for a healthy sleep routine. But what if it isn't? I read this article in the Wall Street Journal with great interest, for it points to recent research that suggests the eight-hour model may...

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Can Diet Keep Circadian Clocks 'Ticking' Well?

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 9:16 AM

Strong and healthy circadian function is vital to good sleep and to overall good health. Circadian rhythms have a significant influence over sleep, working in concert with the body's internal sleep drive to regulate periods of both rest and alertness. Circadian dysfunction often results in problems with sleep....

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A Scary-Sounding Sleep Disorder: Exploding Head Syndrome

(25) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 9:27 AM

Exploding head syndrome may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but in fact it's a very real sleep disorder. People with this sleep phenomenon are prone to experiencing loud and sudden noises as they transition in and out of sleep.

Researchers at Washington State...

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Chronic Poor Sleep May Lead to Lasting Brain Damage

(4) Comments | Posted June 21, 2014 | 12:16 PM

Do without sleep now and make up for it later. It's a pretty common sleep strategy for adults with busy lives and demanding schedules that crowd out sufficient time for sleep on a daily basis. We've seen evidence in recent years that this strategy -- of running up...

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Nightmares and Insomnia Together Exacerbate Depression

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 9:03 AM

Nightmares can cause difficulty both to sleep and to our waking lives. Intense and distressing dreams often lead to waking at night and can create anxiety about returning to sleep. Nightmares also can have an impact on our moods the next morning, bringing anxiety and difficult emotions into the waking...

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Poor Sleep Increases Pain Risk -- Especially as We Age

(8) Comments | Posted April 5, 2014 | 12:20 PM

For many people, getting older means contending with more frequent aches and pains. Musculoskeletal pain -- pain in muscles, bones, and nerves -- occurs with increasing frequency as we age. This age-related pain can take many forms. Sometimes it is acute and short-term, while other times...

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Brain's 'Sleep Switch' Found

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 6:09 PM

Scientists have identified a protein molecule in the brains of fruit flies that they believe is the "switch" that controls the flies' internal drive to sleep -- and that a similar mechanism likely exists for human sleep as well.

Researchers at the UK's Oxford University Centre for...

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Blue Light Hazardous to Sleep, But Helpful to Daytime Functioning?

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 9:23 AM

We're continuing to learn more about the stimulating effects of blue wavelength light and its capacity to disrupt sleep. Exposure to artificial light at night is recognized as a hazard to sleep, contributing to rising rates of disrupted and disordered sleep. Different wavelengths of light have been shown...

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Do Sleeping Pills Undermine Sleep's Memory-Boosting Power?

(4) Comments | Posted March 9, 2014 | 10:25 AM

Getting a good amount of high quality sleep appears to deliver great benefits to memory. Sleeping well primes the brain for learning and retention, sharpening focus and increasing attention span during waking hours. Research also shows sleep has a powerful influence over memory. Time...

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The Modern American Family: How Well Are They Sleeping?

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 5:47 PM

The National Sleep Foundation has released its annual "Sleep in America Poll." This year, the poll examines sleep in the modern American family. How well -- or not -- are parents and children sleeping today? What are the challenges facing families in their pursuit of high-quality, plentiful sleep?...

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Is It Time to Start School Later?

(8) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 8:47 AM

Teenagers are notoriously difficult to rouse in the morning, as parents know well. Our teens' struggle to "rise and shine" in the early morning hours isn't really about adolescent obstinacy or laziness. Teens are biologically driven to these sleep-in, stay-up-late schedules -- routines that can frustrate parents and...

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