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The Sleep Doctor

Parenthood Isn't Easy On Men's Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 06.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Dads can often get left out of the conversation about parenthood and sleep. But a growing body of research indicates that there is, in fact, a lot to talk about when it comes to fathers and sleep. Studies indicate that dads suffer pretty significantly in their own sleep when they become parents.

The Economics of Treating Insomnia

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 06.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The consequences of insomnia to health, safety, performance and quality of life are enormous. So is the financial toll.

Does the Full Moon Make Your Kids Less Sleepy?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

e're only at the beginning of a scientific exploration of this possible connection, and how it may affect our sleep patterns -- and our children's. We know that other forms of animal life possess physiological and behavioral connections to the moon. More research -- sure to come -- may eventually show us whether we do as well.

Insomnia Isn't Just a Nighttime Problem

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

We should expect to see a lot more research investigating the neurological and other physiological characteristics of insomnia that exist during states of wakefulness.

Low On Sleep, Teenagers Behave In Risky Ways

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 04.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

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?

How Cholesterol Medication Could Help Sleep Apnea

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 04.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

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 understood.

The Scary Reality Of Working When You're Sleep Deprived

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

In recent years, there's been an increasing scientific interest in the effects of sleep on workplace relationships and behaviors. While there is much still to learn, we're developing a deeper understanding than ever before about how poor sleep can interfere with and undermine individual and group behavior in the workplace:

Low on Vitamin D, Sleep Suffers

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

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 important nutrient: Vitamin D.

Living, and Sleeping, Mindfully

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The power of mindfulness to improve sleep and treat sleep disorders is an exciting and important area of scientific inquiry with significant real-world implications for how we treat disrupted sleep. Low-cost, nonpharmacalogic, and easily adoptable, mindfulness-based sleep therapy may offer a path to relief for people with insomnia and other sleep difficulties.

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

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

But have you ever wondered how all that Twittering, Instagramming and Snapchatting might be affecting your sleep? According to just-released research, time spent on social media may be seriously undermining nightly rest.

Is There A New, More Sleep-Friendly iPhone On The Way?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

We all need -- individually and collectively -- to think bigger, broader, and much more about darkness if we're going to effectively address the health threats of persistent and excessive light exposure. Light is medicine, and we need to understand and respect it.

How Your Gut Bacteria Informs Your Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

What relationship exists between sleep and this microbial ecosystem within the human body? Emerging science demonstrates that there is a very real, dynamic connection between the microbiome and sleep itself.

Examining The Effects Of Mobile Phones On Kids And Teens

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

We have some waiting to do before we see the results of the ongoing RF EMF study on children. But that doesn't mean you have to wait idly. There are a number of steps you can take today to help ensure your child's use of mobile phones isn't disrupting sleep:

Is Sleep Technology Improving Sleep?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Like all effective sleep remedies, these new technologies must work to get beneath the symptoms of poor, insufficient sleep to help people address the root causes of their sleep problems, and make concrete, meaningful changes to their sleep-related behaviors.

Details From The New Frontier Of Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

We talk a lot about the threats that technology poses to healthy sleep. But technology also has the capacity to change sleep for the better. New sleep technologies have flooded the marketplace in recent years. How are they working?

New Details About How Melatonin Triggers Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 12.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

These findings also suggest that melatonin may be a bridge between the two powerful systems that govern sleep: the circadian system and the homeostatic sleep system. We know these two systems both exert influence over sleep, and together create our basic 24-hour cycle of a long, consolidated period of sleep followed by an extended period of wakefulness.

Digging Into Memory -- And Its Relationship to Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 08.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Keep in mind that both the quantity and the quality of sleep are important to memory function. Here are some basic strategies that can help you sleep both more and better:

Eating At Night Disrupts Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 07.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

When you're considering the food choices you make in order to support your health, keep in mind that you're also influencing how well you sleep -- and that it's not just what you eat, but when, that may matter.

The Harm That Light Can Do To Your Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 07.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

It's time to start thinking about light as a powerful medicine -- capable of providing tremendous benefit when used correctly, but requiring care and education in that use. Like a potent drug, it's absolutely necessary that we stay educated and aware of all of light's possible effects on our brains and our bodies.

Observing the Damaged Brain for Clues About Dreaming

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 06.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Even with pretty amazing technology at our disposal, dreams -- their function, their purpose -- remain relatively little understood. The study of dreams through brain accidents, abnormalities, and disease will likely continue to be a source of new details that enrich our knowledge of this most mysterious aspect of life.

How Do Scientists Study Dreams?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Dreams are a compelling area of research for scientists, in part because there's still so much to learn about how, and why, we dream. For all the scientific attention paid to dreaming, many of the most fundamental and important questions about dreaming remain unanswered.

We Underestimate Just How Dangerous Insomnia Can Be

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

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.

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

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 06.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The cause of sleep paralysis isn't known. But it appears likely that many instances of sleep paralysis occur because of difficulty transitioning between different sleep stages, particularly moving in and out of REM sleep.

Can Sleep Problems in Teens Predict Substance Abuse?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Sleep problems can set teens up for increased risk of substance use and abuse and the dangerous behaviors associated with alcohol and drugs. Poor and insufficient sleep also makes teens more likely to experience other health problems.

The Role Dreams Play In Our Daily Lives

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 04.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Like sleep, dreams are vulnerable to disruption from problems with mental and physical health. There are a number of conditions (as well as medications) that may affect dreams, and that can make dreams more difficult and disturbing.