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By Michael Breus, PhD, ABSM We learned so much about sleep this past year. 2012 was bursting with great sleep stories, which revealed the power of sleep to enhance our health and well being, as well as the dangers associated with sleep deprivation and disrupted sleep. Here are my picks for the sleep stories of [...]
By Michael Breus, PhD, ABSM Do you have difficulty falling asleep, tossing and turning for a long while before finally drifting off? Are you someone who wakes up in the middle of the night, thoughts racing in a way that makes it hard to fall back asleep? Maybe you’re someone who sleeps for a few [...]
By Michael Breus, PhD, ABSM
By Michael Breus, PhD, ABSM We’re living in an age of amazing technological advancement, a time when digital connection and convenience is changing the way we work and live, and scientific breakthroughs are transforming our understanding and treatment of disease. Yet we’re more challenged than ever by an ancient practice that’s essential to human life: [...]
By Michael Breus, PhD, ABSM A group of studies, all conducted independently, have reached a similar sobering conclusion: sleep problems—including several common sleep difficulties faced by millions of people on a regular basis—may, over time, lead to cognitive impairment and even dementia. Show More Summary
By Michael Breus, PhD, ABSM We’re talking a lot these days about the connection between sleep and weight: How a strong sleep routine can help keep weight problems in check, and how sleep deprivation contributes to obesity and weight-related health problems, such as diabetes. A poor sleep routine can seriously undermine a healthy diet, leading [...]
By Michael Breus, PhD, ABSM You’ve probably heard about the significant role stress is believed to play in the development of illness and disease. The immune system, the body’s defense system against infection and disease, is weakened and undermined by the physical effects of stress. The result is an increased risk for all types of [...]
By Michael Breus, PhD, ABSM Into the ongoing, sometimes contentious conversation about the merits and risks of co-sleeping comes this interesting new information. A recent study, presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity, suggests that young children who share a bed with their parents may be at lower risk for obesity. Researchers at Denmark’s [...]
By Michael J. Breus, PhD espite the old adage, “sleeping like a baby,” we know that children are at risk for many of the same sleep disorders as adults. Sleep-disordered breathing is a problem among children—even very young children. This news reveals some of the negative consequences of untreated sleep-disordered breathing in children. What, exactly, [...]
By Michael J. Breus, PhD It’s a mantra we’ve come to expect from physicians, sleep experts, and other health professionals: teenagers are short on sleep. This lack of sleep contributes to a range of problems, including poor decision making and reduced academic performance. As a result, widely accepted guidelines for teens include getting in nine [...]
By Michael J. Breus, PhD I write regularly about the state of sleep deprivation in today’s society. This situation isn’t going to be helped by the start of daylight savings time this Sunday, March 11th. The time change in the spring is always more difficult than in the fall since we spring forward and end [...]
By Michael J. Breus, PhD, ABSM I wrote recently about the relationship between sleep and fibromyalgia, a chronic pain syndrome, and the about important—and complicated—relationship between sleep and pain. Now there’s news that one of the most effective remedies for sleep apnea—CPAP therapy—may also have the benefit of reducing sensitivity to pain. A recent study [...]
Here’s some serious and important news about sleep and heart health: the results of a large-scale study show that people who suffer from insomnia are at higher risk for heart attacks. The study, which was conducted by scientists at the Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology, determined that: People who had difficulty falling asleep had [...]
By Michael J. Breus, PhD Did you prepare yourself and your sleep to “fall back” this weekend? Or were you one of the people who showed up an hour early for your Sunday activities? Was that you shivering outside your favorite coffee shop, waiting for it to open, or standing befuddled with your television remote [...]
By Michael J. Breus, PhD Daylight Saving Time (DST) began Sunday, March 13, 2011, and will end this Sunday, November 6, 2011 — except in Arizona, Hawaii, and Indiana. There are some good things about DST, particularly when it comes to driving. People are safer drivers during daylight hours, and researchers have found that DST [...]
Gender differences in sleep are a fascinating and important area of study. We all know that men and women have different sleep tendencies, but we’re now beginning to understand more about why gender matters when it comes to sleep.
We all know that sleep often becomes more difficult as we age, but women face particular challenges to sleep throughout their lives.
We are all familiar with the unpleasant effects of sleep-deprivation: fatigue, lack of energy, inattention, and irritability. But did you know that it's also possible to get too much sleep?
Apparently there’s a rising phenomenon among teens: sleep texting. That’s right, teens are reaching for their phones during the night, firing off messages, and waking with no recollection of their actions.
The decision to sleep together as a family is a highly personal and individual one that can be influenced by several factors.