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Digging Into Memory -- And Its Relationship to Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 08.25.2015 | 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 07.29.2015 | 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 07.07.2015 | 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 06.06.2015 | 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 05.25.2015 | 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 05.09.2015 | 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.

What's In A Dream?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Not all dreaming is the same. There are several different types of dream classifications, including nightmares, recurring dreams and lucid dreams. Let's look briefly in detail at some distinct forms of dreaming.

How To Keep Snoring From Hurting Your Relationship

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

There are many good reasons to treat snoring, including restoring sleep quality, guarding against risks to health, and improving daytime functioning. Protecting the health and intimacy of your relationship is another important reason to treat a snoring problem.

A Troubling Side Effect Of Sleep Apnea In Men

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

These findings make a strong preliminary case that the interruption of regular oxygen flow that's associated with sleep apnea may lead to diminished fertility in men.

Dreams And Our Waking Lives

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

How much have you considered the purpose of your dreams, and the influence they might have over your waking life? Two recent studies explore dreaming from different angles, in search of deeper understanding of the purpose of this fascinating -- and relatively little understood -- aspect of our lives.

The Future Of Snoring

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

There's a robust body of scientific research demonstrating that EPAP is an effective method for treating sleep-disordered breathing, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

Mind-Body Therapies To Ease Insomnia

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Recent research shows that mind-body practices can be one effective way to treat insomnia and some of its symptoms.

What We Know About Cancer And Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

There are so many important reasons to protect normal circadian function, and to make high quality sleep a daily priority. Our increasing understanding of the circadian influence over cancer is yet another very good one.

How Your Sleep Changes With The Moon

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

So, there's no scientific consensus about how the phases of the moon might affect our sleeping lives. One thing is more certain: the influences of the moon on our sleeping and waking lives will continue to fascinate scientists -- and the rest of us -- as it has for so long.

Is 7 Hours Of Sleep Better Than 8?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Give yourself ample time for sleep, and create a sleep-friendly environment and routine, and your body can tell you a great deal about how much sleep you need.

How Your Diet Affects Your Internal Clock

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Much as we manage exposure to light in order to protect healthy sleep and circadian function, research like this offers further suggestion that we may also be able to manage dietary consumption to help keep circadian rhythms functioning properly.

This Scary Sleep Disorder Sounds Like It's Out Of A Science Fiction Movie

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 08.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

This sleep disorder has received scant attention from the scientific community, but it's not a new phenomenon. Mention in scientific literature of the distinctive symptoms of what's now known as exploding head syndrome date back roughly 150 years.

Another Problematic Side Effect Of Poor Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 06.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Sleep and pain exist in a complicated relationship to one another. Pain can interfere with sleep, making it harder to fall asleep and to stay asleep. Poor quality and insufficient sleep contribute to pain in several ways, decreasing tolerance for pain, increasing its intensity and discomfort, and in some cases raising the risk for the development of chronic-pain conditions.

Brain's 'Sleep Switch' Found

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

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.

Could Blue Light Pose Problems And Solutions For Sleep?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

In our pursuit of energy efficiency, we're finding ourselves exposed to greater amounts of blue light than ever before. Blue light appears to be uniquely detrimental to our sleep. But can it also be singularly beneficial during to our waking lives?

How Sleeping Pills Affect Memory

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

For most people, the best long-term strategy is to develop a strong, sustainable sleep routine that does not rely on prescription sleep medication. There's no question this takes work, but the rewards are worth it. Your sleep, your overall health -- and perhaps your memory -- will be better for it.

The Modern American Family: How Well Are They Sleeping?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The National Sleep Foundation has released its annual Sleep in America Poll. This year, the poll examines sleep in the modern American family. What are the challenges facing families in their pursuit of high-quality, plentiful sleep? What are the strategies that parents are using to help their children sleep, and how well are those strategies working?