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Sleep Research

Yoga Improves Sleep For Cancer Patients

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

Finding ways to help people coping with cancer to sleep better is an important goal of sleep research and clinical treatment. While short-term use of sleep medication may be useful, it's critical to identify strategies for improving sleep that don't rely on long-term use of sleep medicines.

Chronic Illness and Insomnia

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

The sleep problems associated with illness are an aspect of health management and treatment that isn't discussed nearly enough.

Shift Work and High PSA

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The relationship of circadian dysfunction to cancer risk is a critically important area of research. With millions of Americans working shifts -- and a wider array of jobs requiring non-traditional schedules -- this is an issue that needs rigorous study and attention.

Advice For The Night Owl Dreaming Of An Earlier Bedtime

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

This case illustrates that sleep hygiene guidelines and non-specific treatment (general psychotherapy) are not typically effective in treating sleep disorders. Sometimes other sleep disorders such as a circadian rhythm disorder can masquerade as insomnia.

An Effective Alternative To CPAP For OSA

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

What's most important is finding the right treatment and sticking with it. Sleep apnea is a serious health condition. Fortunately, treatments used correctly -- whether CPAP or oral appliance -- can significantly improve your sleep and your general health.

The Coffee and Mortality Connection: Too Much Coffee Can Be Serious

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

A new study suggests that too much coffee may have more serious consequences than the occasional night of tossing and turning.

Donna Shalala, Former HHR Secretary, Told Employees To Get More Sleep

Posted 09.13.2013 | Healthy Living

In our 24/7 work culture, sleep deprivation is often worn as a badge of honor: Employees answer emails at all hours, managers send out notes in the m...

What Cats Can Teach Us About Sleep

Rubin Naiman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Rubin Naiman, Ph.D.

Become a copycat. Experiment with carrying elements of sleep with you throughout the day. Not as sleepiness or fatigue, but in the form of a comfortable sense of serenity, poise and relaxation.

Exercise Improves Sleep, But It Takes Time To Reap The Benefits

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

This research sheds some light on the complexity of the relationship between sleep and exercise. In particular, the study suggests that exercise may not have an immediate impact on sleep, but in fact may take several weeks or months to significantly change sleep.

When Sleepwalking Turns Dangerous

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

There is now good evidence that parts of the brain may be awake while other parts are asleep. Sleepwalking is a premiere example: The portion of the brain capable of generating complex behaviors is awake while those portions which normally monitor our activity and lay down memory of our behaviors are asleep.

Could Camping Help Your Insomnia?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder found that sleeping in the wilderness for one week reset circadian clocks, bringing them more in line with the natural solar day and night.

CDC Report: 9 Million Using Prescription Sleep Aids

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Have you taken a sleeping pill in the past month? If so, you've got plenty of company. In the past 30 days, approximately nine million adults in the United States -- that's 4 percent of the population -- used prescription medication to help their troubled sleep.

Is Your Job Hurting Your Sleep?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Given the scope of the role that work plays in our lives, we don't pay nearly enough attention to the impact of our jobs on our health -- and in particular, our sleep.

Poor Sleep In Pregnancy Can Lead To Complications At Birth

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Sleeping well during pregnancy is a challenge -- but it doesn't have to be impossible. For many women, it may mean taking some extra time and paying extra attention in order to protect both quantity and quality of sleep as a pregnancy progresses.

Who Should Be Tested For Sleep Apnea?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

If you are one of the millions who suffer from either Type 2 diabetes or hypertension, you can improve your health and lower your risks if you are properly evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea.

Researchers Present Striking New Hypothesis On Why We Sleep (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living

We spend nearly a third of our lives sleeping, yet the reasons why we need to are still poorly understood. What we do know is that the brain is highly...

A Breakthrough In Understanding Restless Legs Syndrome?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

For a condition that has often confounded experts, and caused such discomfort, disruption, and sleeplessness to so many patients, this study brings both welcome and encouraging news.

'At 24, I Was Diagnosed With Narcolepsy'

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 08.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

Adjusting to narcolepsy in law school wasn't easy. The treatments improved my symptoms but did not erase them. A few months after the diagnosis, I reached an all-time low, realizing narcolepsy was a serious illness I would face every day of my life. There was no cure.

A Risk Factor For Sleep Apnea?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 08.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The latest study comes an important step closer to establishing a causal link between the two conditions, by examining specifically the direction of the relationship between the two.

The Curious Tale of Narcolepsy and Dementia: An Ethical Conundrum

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

This story illustrates the extraordinary potential that biological research has today to help individual patients. In 100 years, people will look at our time as the golden age of biology.

The Curious Tale of Narcolepsy and Dementia: Discovering the Cause

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

The occurrence of such a "sporadic case" with the same syndrome can mean two possible things. First, it is possible that the same disorder has several causes, some related to genetics and others not, explaining the two possible variants.

Insomnia May Double Risk of Prostate Cancer

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Approximately one in six men will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lifetime. What if the quality of sleep plays a role in a man's risk for developing the disease?

Sleep Less, Weigh More?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The challenge of maintaining a healthy weight is a daily endeavor, made up of many small choices that over time have a powerful cumulative effect. A routine of sufficient nightly sleep can aid in this, helping your body and mind work at their best every day for weight control and overall health.

Challenging Conventional Wisdom About Sleepwalking

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

New research has produced what may be a clearer picture of sleepwalking, its possible mechanisms, and its risk factors. The analysis also challenges some common beliefs about the sleep disorder -- beliefs that, if outdated, could interfere with diagnosis and treatment.

Why Self-Control Requires A Good Night's Sleep

Christopher M. Barnes | Posted 07.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Christopher M. Barnes

Sleep appears to be a master key for our ability to exert self-control. If you find yourself caving to temptation more often that you want, check your sleep habits and consider making sleep a higher priority.