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A Superfood For Sleep?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

What's behind the possible benefits of kiwi to sleep? There are a couple of characteristics of the fruit that may make it a strong sleep-promoting food: its high antioxidant levels and its high serotonin levels.

Insomnia Symptoms Raise Mortality Risk

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

With our busy lives, it can be tempting to shrug off -- or ignore altogether -- difficulties with sleep. Trouble falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep throughout the night, waking feeling tired and unrefreshed: These are commonly experienced disruptions to sleep for millions of adults.

The Biological Reason You're A Night Owl Or An Early Bird

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

If our preferences for sleep and wake times are strongly influenced by genetics and biology, what are we to do when faced with inclinations that don't match up with the demands and responsibilities of our lives?

The Case For Napping At School

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

New research shows that a midday nap may play a crucial role in enhancing memory and boosting learning capabilities in preschool-age children.

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.

Could These Glasses Help You Sleep?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

I expect we will see a great deal more investigation into the effects of blue wavelength light on sleep and health. But you don't need special goggles or eye lens implants to protect your circadian rhythms and your sleep from the negative effects of artificial light.

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.

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.

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.

Is This The Key To Better Sleep?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

We all know exercise is good for us. Good for our health, good for our waistlines, good for stress and for our clarity of mind. Exercise is also very -- very -- good for sleep.

FDA Recommends Lower Doses Of Popular Sleep Medications

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration issued an announcement that could affect millions of Americans who take some of the most common medications for sleep.