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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 08.25.2015 | 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.