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Sleep Research

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?

On The New Recommendations For Treating Sleep Apnea

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

For adults with obstructive sleep apnea, using CPAP therapy or other airway-opening devices are one of the best courses of action to treat their sleep disorder. Overweight and obese adults with sleep apnea should also be encouraged and helped to lose weight as part of treating sleep apnea.

Will Sleep Therapy Transform Treatment for Depression?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

New research being presented this week at a meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies will show results that indicate treating insomnia among people with depression may dramatically boost rates of recovery.

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.

What to Expect At A Sleep Study

Sam Cross | Posted 11.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Sam Cross

A diagnostic sleep study, also known as a polysomnogram (PSG), is a technique used to identify the presence of sleep disorders. At its core, a PSG simply involves connecting a patient to monitoring equipment and recording his or her sleep for a night.

Can You Really Sleep Too Much?

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

Don't mistake sleeping more with sleeping better. For the best sleep for long-term health, aim for a not-too-little, not-too-much middle ground.

The Connection Between Sleep and Appetite

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

Eating and sleeping are two of the most basic human functions, both essential to survival. They are also two biological processes that are deeply entwined, as science is increasingly discovering.

Infant Co-Sleeping Increases Despite Risks and Recommendations

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

Despite 20 years of public education about SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths, the practice of sleeping with infants and babies has become more common -- especially in the Hispanic and African-American communities.

7 Tips For Regaining Control Of Your Bedtime

Josh Tal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Josh Tal

Women's experience of sleep loss is different, and requires sensitivity to feminine factors that may cause and maintain sleep difficulties. Focusing on ways to get quality sleep can help prevent the many health, cognitive and emotional consequences of sleep loss.

Treat Your Sleep Apnea and Look Younger

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

Poor sleep, and sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, diminish both sleep quantity and sleep quality, and can interfere with the body's ability to rejuvenate cells and bolster immune function. This can result in a less attractive, less youthful appearance.

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.

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.