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Circadian Timing Could Give West Coast NFL Teams the Edge

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Whether you're a fierce competitor in your fantasy football league or you'd just like to be on the winning end of the couch come game day, here's a tip that could help you pick your team: When making your prediction, consider circadian timing.

7 Things To Stop Telling Yourself This Year

Posted 02.24.2014 | OWN

Because that voice in your head sometimes gives you the worst advice. By Leigh Newman Leigh Newman is the Deputy Editor of Oprah.com and the...

The Biggest Sleep Stories Of 2013, Part 2

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

As we bring 2013 to a close, we're taking a look back at the sleep stories that made news this year. With so many fascinating developments in sleep science, it was hard to narrow it down, but here are the most challenging, eye-opening, important sleep stories from the second half of 2013.

The Biggest Sleep Stories Of 2013, Part 1

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

2013 brought scientific breakthroughs that deepened our understanding of the very nature of sleep, as well as important new information about Americans' sleep habits and the tools they use to help them sleep better.

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.

How Late In The Day Is Too Late To Have Caffeine?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

These new findings provide us with some really important specifics about just how significantly late-in-the-day caffeine can undermine a good night's sleep. Want to enjoy your coffee without wrecking your sleep? Follow these basic suggestions for consuming caffeine in a sleep-friendly way.

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.

Women, Sleep Apnea and Heart Health: More Connections

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

This study is the latest in a growing body of research that points to the sleep-related health risks that women may face. We've seen other evidence that suggests women are at higher risk than men for cardiovascular problems associated with poor sleep.

Real-Life Tips For Better Sleep

SELF | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
SELF

Most of us are exhausted and don't even realize it. Here are seven ways you can sleep better tonight.

Why Sleep Is Crucial For Surviving The Holiday Season

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Looking for some help to avoid the seasonal weight gain? In addition to the standard advice, I'd like to add another strategy to the list: get plenty of sleep.

10 Tips For Sleeping On Planes

Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living

By Lynda Shrager I remember my daughter called me excitedly from Kennedy Airport a few years ago as she prepared to board a flight to Dublin, the...

Dreams Can Reveal and Soothe Holiday Season Stress

DreamsCloud | Posted 02.11.2014 | Healthy Living
DreamsCloud

Whether consciously or not, the holidays are filled with situations in which we feel socially evaluated by others, and assessed by our ability to give others what they want -- materially and emotionally.

Sleeping With Darth Vader

Sam Cross | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Sam Cross

If your CPAP has left you feeling a little "Vader-ish" around bedtime, I encourage you to look at the big picture. Don't allow the momentary itch of vanity to inspire a rash of unhealthy choices.

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.

WATCH: Why You Shouldn't Be Proud Of Being Sleep-Deprived

Posted 12.05.2013 | Healthy Living

The train derailment that killed four passengers in New York on Dec. 1 has put a spotlight on sleep after investigators announced the train's engineer...

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?

Kicking the Night Owl Habit

Jennifer Rosen | Posted 01.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rosen

Giving myself permission to relax and really mean it has made a world of difference. More focused, energized and peaceful, I consciously and consistently chipped away at a deeply ingrained habit. Now that's willpower in action.

Mommy, Going To Sleep Is Not That Easy

Jessica Nelles | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Jessica Nelles

We expect our children to be easy sleepers. We expect them to lay down, close their eyes and go to sleep. We get angry when they don't, we get angry when they get up to play or get a drink or even want some snuggles. Yet as adults, how many of us can say that it truly is that easy?

Make a Bedtime Plan: 8 Tips to Get Your Children to Bed With Brain Science

Katherine Eskovitz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Katherine Eskovitz

Bedtime is my most cherished and trying time of day. I love cuddling in a chair with my kids and reading that extra chapter. But the bedtime period is tough, not just because I'm exhausted, but because I know that creeping bedtimes directly impact the health and development of my growing children.

Drivers Beware: Sleep Aids Can Be Hazardous to Your Law-Abiding Life

Saul Segan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Saul Segan

This stress-immersed world is contributing to sleepless nights for many Americans. The desperation for a good night's sleep leads many to seek the ai...

Should You Be Sleeping In Separate Beds?

Cindy Bressler | Posted 01.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Cindy Bressler

While the days of famous TV couples sleeping separately are long past, couples who sleep apart shouldn't feel as if they have a dirty little secret to hide.

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.

Can You Ever Really Catch Up On Sleep?

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

None of us may be able to avoid the occasional night or period of insufficient sleep. But a healthy work-week sleep routine can and should leave you with nothing sleep-related to catch up on when the weekend arrives.

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.