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The Keys To Thrive With Well-Being: Stress Less & Sleep!

Posted 03.28.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

HuffPost Live is looking at the four pillars of the Third Metric this week in conjunction with the release of Arianna Huffington's newest book "Thriv...

Looking For Answers: Sleep Problems In The Transportation Industry

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The news that sleep may have played a role in New York's Metro-North train derailment is a terrible reminder that sleep isn't just a personal health issue -- it is also a matter of public safety, when it comes to the rest of people who we entrust with others' lives.

The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

As a society we've come to vehement consensus that drunk driving is unacceptable behavior. Yet we continue to tolerate sleepy driving. Many people who wouldn't dream of driving after one drink too many may very well get behind the wheel when feeling drowsy.

Sleep Problems for Soldiers and Vets

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The frequency of sleep problems including insomnia and other forms of disordered sleep among military personnel is alarming and strongly suggests the need for more attention directed at treatment and prevention.

Regular Bedtimes for Children Aid Development

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 09.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Consistency is an important aspect of healthy sleep routines at all ages, helping to strengthen circadian rhythms and ensuring sufficient time for sleep. This study suggests that consistency during these early, developmental years is critical, and can have consequences that extend beyond early childhood.

Sports' Secret Weapon?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Athletes at all levels of play have access to a powerful tool to improve their performance, one that won't break any laws or put anyone's health at risk. What's this wonder drug? Sleep.

The Sky-High Cost Of Insomnia

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

It's all too common for people to shrug off their episodes of insomnia, to do their best to function and cope. This kind of "power through" strategy is rampant in our busy world, but there's no real escape from the consequences that insomnia can bring.

What We Can Learn From Professional Athletes About Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

It won't surprise me to see more sports teams adopting a sleep-better-to-perform better strategy similar to the one the Jets have put into play this season. But using sleep to improve performance isn't just the purview of athletes.

How Yoga Can Help You Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 12.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Researchers at Harvard Medical School investigated how a daily yoga practice might affect sleep for people with insomnia and found broad improvements to measurements of sleep quality and quantity.

Googling Often Doesn't Get It Right When It Comes To Infant Sleep Safety

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 12.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The Web is not a doctor. The Internet can deliver information with amazing speed and volume, but it can't listen to your child's heartbeat or look into your baby's eyes while engaging in a conversation about your newborn's sleep habits.

Sacrificing Sleep For Study Time Doesn't Make The Grade

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 12.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Researchers found that opting to delay bedtime in favor of studying was linked to an increased risk of both types of academic difficulty. And this was true regardless of the total amount of students' study time.

How Sleep Affects The Power Of Vaccines

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Summer is coming to an end, and with fall and winter come cold and flu season. Want to give your annual flu vaccination a powerful boost? Start sleeping more.

Sleep Apnea in Women: More Common Than We Thought?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Sleep apnea has traditionally -- and erroneously -- been seen as a "men's disorder." The truth is, obstructive sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder among women. And a new study indicates that the frequency of sleep apnea among women may be higher than we previously believed.

A High-Fat Diet Undermines Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Here's the flipside to the story about foods that can help you sleep better: Eating a diet heavily composed of the "wrong" foods can interfere with your sleep.

Why Are We So Bad At Getting A Good Night's Sleep?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

As a society, we still wear our sleep deprivation, and our ability to function on minimal rest, as a badge of honor. The most important change we could make to turn our collective sleep habits around? We could start taking sleep a whole lot more seriously.

Are Sleep Problems The Next Global Health Crisis?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The truth is, we don't know very much about sleep problems on a global level, particularly in developing nations. A new study addressed this gap in research and returned some striking results, estimating that as many as 150 million people worldwide suffer from sleep problems.

Sleep Problems May Contribute To Cognitive Decline

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

A group of studies, all conducted independently, have reached a similar sobering conclusion: Sleep problems -- including several common sleep difficulties faced by millions of people on a regular basis -- may, over time, lead to cognitive impairment and even dementia.

Cooking Up A Sleep-Friendly Diet

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

We know that sleep has a great effect on how we eat. But does how we eat -- or more precisely, what we eat -- have an effect on our sleep? One thing we might not be talking about enough is how choosing the right foods can help strengthen sleep.

The Link Between Sleep And Learning

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Do you ever feel forgetful and a little sluggish of mind? Do you wish you could pick up new skills more quickly and easily? Here's a tip: You can boost your learning power by beefing up your sleep routine.

Are You A Sleepwalker? Know Your Risk

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

When you think of sleepwalking, what comes to mind? Sleepwalking is a very real sleep disorder that affects adults as well as children, with consequences that can range from the embarrassing to the downright dangerous.

A Side Benefit Of Treating Sleep Apnea?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 09.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

A recent study brings most welcome and important news for men with obstructive sleep apnea -- and their partners. Keeping up with your CPAP routine can help to improve your sex life and your relationship, as well as your sleep.

Pro Athletes: Sleep Helps Them Stay in the Game

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 09.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Protecting and encouraging sleep among pro athletes may be one way to enhance and even prolong players' career-long levels of performance.

Yet Another Health Risk Of Sleep Apnea?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 08.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

These two studies are the first to establish a link between OSA and cancer in humans. Previous studies have shown evidence of a relationship between cancer and sleep apnea in mice.

Can This Serious Sleep Condition Affect Children, Too?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 06.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Sleep-disordered breathing in children, no matter how mild it appears, should never be ignored. By addressing these issues before they become serious, we can help keep our kids sleeping well and growing well.

How Much Sleep Do Teens Really Need?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

It's a mantra from physicians, sleep experts and other health professionals we've come to expect: Teenagers are short on sleep.