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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

Parenthood Isn't Easy On Men's Sleep

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 9:54 AM

Dads' disrupted sleep is often overlooked

Father's Day is around the corner, so it seems appropriate to take some time to talk about dads and sleep. Most discussions about parenting and sleep tend to focus heavily on mothers. There is plenty of good reason for that. Particularly...

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The Economics of Treating Insomnia

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 3:36 PM

Insomnia treatments improve lives -- and save money

Despite its status as the most common sleep disorder among adults in the U.S., many people who suffer from insomnia aren't receiving treatment. Research indicates that insomnia disorder is significantly underdiagnosed among American adults. What's more,

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Does the Full Moon Make Your Kids Less Sleepy?

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 4:10 PM

New evidence that the moon influences human sleep

Do you ever attribute your child's wild or wound-up behavior to the presence of a full moon? If so, you're far from the only parent to feel as though your child might open his mouth and howl at the dark sky. Our...

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Insomnia Isn't Just a Nighttime Problem

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 5:47 PM

New research on the 24-hour life of insomnia

Most of us have had at least some first-hand experience with insomnia symptoms. Some nights, maybe it's been tough to fall asleep, or you've awakened repeatedly throughout the night. Perhaps there are mornings where you've awakened very early, unable to...

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Low on Sleep, Teenagers Behave in Risky Ways

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 4:28 PM

Lack of sleep increases risks for injury

If you're a parent, you know that lack of sleep can make your teen grouchy and distracted, irritable and low energy. Did you know that insufficient sleep also puts teenagers at greater risk for injury?

Scientists at the Centers for Disease...

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Statins for Sleep Apnea?

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 8:15 AM

New details, possible treatment in the link between heart disease and sleep apnea

People with obstructive sleep apnea are at significantly increased risk for cardiovascular disease. The relationship between the two conditions is complex, and the mechanisms by which they may trigger or exacerbate one another are not yet well...

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The Social and Behavioral Costs of Sleeplessness to the Workplace

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 8:28 AM

Sleep is an essential daily resource -- essential to life and basic functioning, essential to health, essential to productivity and performance, to the successful accomplishment of all we seek to achieve in our professional and personal lives. For years, we've collectively undertaken a public conversation about "work-life" balance (even as...

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Cosa c'è in un sogno?

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2016 | 8:07 AM

Non tutti i sogni solo uguali. L'attività onirica copre una vasta gamma di esperienze umane (a volte va anche oltre l'umano) incorporando una vorticosa varietà di emozioni ed eventi, spesso con elementi alquanto bizzarri. I sogni possono essere divertenti, spaventosi, tristi e strani. Sognare di volare può rivelarsi eccitante, mentre...

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Low on Vitamin D, Sleep Suffers

(6) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 7:24 AM

We're nearing the end of what's been a long winter for people in many parts of the United States. In the middle and northern regions of the U.S., where winter brings not only cold but limited sun, people aren't only deprived of warmth, they also may be deficient in an...

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Living, and Sleeping, Mindfully

(4) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 7:19 AM

What science is telling us about how mindfulness improves sleep

In recent years, we've seen a surge of interest in the benefits of mindfulness to health and well being. Mindfulness practices are increasingly being investigated, tested, and used as tools in preventing and treating physical and psychological dysfunction and illness...

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Tweeting, Not Sleeping? What Is Your Social Media/Sleep Balance?

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 7:15 AM

New research links social media and sleep problems

Social media has become a fixture of modern life, a constant stream of information coming and going, and a way to stay perpetually connected. I love social media, it keeps me in touch with friends, family, and all of the people out...

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A New, More Sleep-Friendly iPhone on the Way? It's About Time!

(5) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 7:25 AM

Apple takes steps to address the iPhone's sleep-disrupting light

We learned this week that Apple is moving toward making its handheld devices more sleep friendly. Included in an upgrade for Apple's iOS operating system is an app called "Night Shift," which changes the color balance of light from...

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Unlocking the Sleep-Gut Connection

(2) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 7:01 AM

New research on sleep and the world of the microbiome
There's a lot of discussion these days about gut health--about how a healthy gut can support overall health, and about the ways a compromised gut may contribute to illness and disease. We're learning continually more...

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Examining the Effects of Mobile Phones on Kids and Teens

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2015 | 8:01 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 | 7:11 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 | 7:15 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 | 8:17 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 | 11:48 AM

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 | 8:24 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 | 8:25 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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