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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

Is 7 Hours of Sleep Ideal?

(15) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 10:24 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 | 8:16 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 | 8:27 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 | 11:16 AM

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 | 8:03 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 | 11:20 AM

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 | 5:09 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 | 8:23 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 | 9:25 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 | 4:47 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 | 7:47 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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The Stuff of (Disturbing) Dreams

(4) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 7:45 AM

Dreams are one of the most fascinating -- and least understood -- aspects of sleep. Though science has offered possibilities, we don't yet understand the purpose of dreaming. Dreams can encompass a dramatic range of emotion, and subject matter. Some dreams seem plucked directly from our everyday lives....

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Who Is Taking Sleeping Pills?

(3) Comments | Posted February 15, 2014 | 8:14 AM

Diagnoses of insomnia have been on the rise -- and so has the use of medication to treat this sleep disorder. The popularity of a newer class of drugs -- non-benzodiazepine sedative hypnotics -- has risen dramatically. Drugs included in this group include

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More Sleep for Kids Reduces Calories

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 7:45 AM

We all want our kids to learn healthy eating habits, to be active and to grow and live comfortably at a healthy weight. Yet for too many children, excess weight is a very real health concern. Too much junk food and too little physical activity are frequently-cited culprits in the...

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Understanding the Narcolepsy-Autoimmune Relationship

(5) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 9:52 AM

We're witnessing some significant breakthroughs in our understanding of the sleep disorder narcolepsy. Two new studies, conducted independently, provide strong evidence for what's long been suspected: that narcolepsy is an autoimmune disorder, triggered by a mistaken response of the body's defense system and strongly influenced by...

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Sleep Deprivation Raises Diabetes Risk

(3) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 10:54 AM

Poor sleep is strongly linked to increased risk for Type 2 diabetes. The two problems -- which have been referred to as twin epidemics -- present serious public health risks in the United States and worldwide. Sleep problems are also linked to risk for

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Narcolepsy Drug Shows Promise in Depression Treatment

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 9:28 AM

On the heels of recent news that insomnia treatment can increase the likelihood of remission and recovery from depression comes another discovery indicating that a form of sleep therapy may have a significant positive impact on treatment for depression. Researchers in Britain are reporting that the...

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Circadian Timing Could Give West Coast NFL Teams the Edge

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 4:21 PM

Whether you're a fierce competitor in your fantasy football league or you'd just like to be on the winning end of the couch come game day, here's a tip that could help you pick your team: When making your prediction, consider circadian timing.

This advice may seem...

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The Sleep Stories of 2013, Part 2

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 7:19 AM

As we bring 2013 to a close, we're taking a look back at the sleep stories that made news this year. With so many fascinating developments in sleep science, it was hard to narrow it down, but here are the most challenging, eye-opening, important sleep stories from the second half...

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Sleep Stories of 2013: Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 7:18 AM

2013 brought scientific breakthroughs that deepened our understanding of the very nature of sleep, as well as important new information about Americans' sleep habits and the tools they use to help them sleep better. Read on highlights from the most interesting, illuminating, and important sleep stories of the year, along...

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