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Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He was one of the youngest people to have passed the Board at age 31 and, with a specialty in Sleep Disorders and Neuropsychological Testing, is one of only 163 psychologists in the world with his credentials and distinction. His first book, GOOD NIGHT: The Sleep Doctor’s 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health (Dutton/Penguin), an Amazon Top 100 Best Seller, has been met with rave reviews and continues to change the lives of readers. It is now available in paperback as BEAUTY SLEEP: Look Younger, Lose Weight, and Feel Great Through Better Sleep. As the subject of sleep gains greater momentum in our sleep-deprived society, Dr. Breus has become a widely recognized leader in this highly- evolving field. Dedicated to raising awareness of both sleep disorders and what he calls “disordered sleep” in the public and healthcare communities, Dr. Breus is on a mission to develop innovative education and communication programs. In addition to his private practice where he treats athletes, celebrities and the like, he also trains other sleep doctors and consults with major airlines, hotel chains, mattress manufacturers and retailers to provide the optimum sleep experience for their customers. His audio relaxation CD, distributed by Crowne Plaza Hotels and the online record store CD Baby, has been distributed to millions of listeners; and for the past 10 years, he has served as the Sleep Expert for WebMD Health, a leading Internet site for health-related information and pens “Sleep Matters” a monthly column in WebMD magazine. You can also find him on AOL where he is a Wellness Coach discussing topics from mattress choice to sleep apnea. His blogs can be found at WebMD, The Huffington Post, The Insomnia Blog and coming soon, Psychology Today.
Happy New Year! As 2011 is here I wanted to look back and think about all of the amazing stories, research and clinical cases that have changed the face of sleep medicine in 2010. The amount of sleep research going on today is one of the very reasons why I got into this field, the changes are constant and exciting. While this does not encompass everything, these are what I considered some of the... Read MoreComments (0)
I have talked about this before and now there is new research to keep the discussion going; both better quantity and quality sleep is an attractive feature, in everyone. A new study from researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in the prestigious British Medical Journal showed that when given a choice, people thought individuals with more sleep looked attractive! Researchers to... Read MoreComments (0)
The holiday season brings lots of travel - visiting family and friends, taking vacations. If you have ever traveled and experienced jet lag, you know that you can feel that you are just not quite fully functioning (particularly when traveling east) when you arrive at your destination. A new study shows that this particular effect of jet lag may linger longer than we realize. Researchers at The U... Read MoreComments (2)
If someone said to you that your lifetime risk of a heart attack is close to 100 percent, you'd probably want to do everything you can to either prevent that fate or delay it by as long as possible. Right?Heart attacks continue to be the number one killer of Americans; 1.5 million heart attacks occur in the United States each year with 500,000 deaths. Costs related to heart attack exceed 60 billio... Read MoreComments (0)
Imagine being able to compete in a race to prove you're a champion napper.That is what's going on in Spain this past week as contestants vie for a first prize of about $1,400 in credit to purchase goods at a shopping mall. The "grand siesta champ" will be chosen by October 23 by the public, and the voting includes the help of the Internet.The event is quite a scene, with competitors lyin... Read MoreComments (0)
I know I'm not the first to tell you about the benefits of exercise. I also know I'm not the first to tell you that exercise can do a body good from both an emotional and physical standpoint. But I might be the first to tell you that exercise, and specifically the aerobic kind that gets your heart rate up for an extended period of time, can improve your sleep. If you're in insomniac, listen up: a... Read MoreComments (0)
I'm all for alternative therapies to treat insomnia and enhance sleep. I'm not sure what that word "alternative" means anymore because so many treatments labeled as such are mainstream today. And real studies employing the scientific method continue to emerge for a variety of what were once called alternative therapies.Case in point: I just read about a new study confirming what we've lo... Read MoreComments (1)
We all do it. It's a force of nature that can be embarrassing at times. If it's excessive, it can be downright annoying and disrupting. Somehow it seems to be contagious. I don't think anybody can get through life without yawning thousands of times. Just how many times does the average human yawn in a lifetime?A better question: what exactly is a yawn?You'd think I would have covered this questio... Read MoreComments (0)
Anyone who has a family member suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's knows how difficult and heartbreaking these illnesses are. And it's often anyone's guess as to what ultimately causes dementia in a given person. What about sleep habits?Well, it turns out that we may have clues now to a link between the development of dementia and a sleep disorder known as rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavio... Read MoreComments (1)
As summer is coming to an end, and fall is right around the corner, for many parents it is that time of year again: back to school. If you are a parent, and your child is getting ready to return to school after a long stretch of vacation time, you know that that the first week is typically a serious struggle. Ever wonder why? A few reasons: • If you have a teenager, their body clock naturally want... Read MoreComments (2)
Jetting off for vacation sometime before summer ends? The anticipation of taking a time-out and getting away from the rigors of daily life can be exhilarating...until you get to your destination feeling tired, tense, and touchy thanks to jet lag. Crossing multiple time zones can play funny games with your circadian rhythm. If you are traveling from New York at 8 a.m. to California and it's a five-... Read MoreComments (0)
If you're among those who constantly crave fast and fatty foods, I need to ask you: When's the last time you got a long night's sleep? And then I'd want to follow up and ask about your waistline, too. Why?This is not a trick question. It turns out that all three are associated with one another: being overweight (and in some cases, obese), being a "short" sleeper (i.e., logging 6 hours or... Read MoreComments (0)