Michael Breus, PhD

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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, is one of only 163 psychologists in the world with his credentials and distinction. Dr. Breus is dedicated to informing the public and healthcare communities about “disordered sleep” in a sleep-deprived society.

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  • Sleep Expert and Clinical Psychologist for Pain Management at Arrowhead Health, Private practitioner at Southwest Spine and Sports

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  • Michael Breus, PhD - city, AZ - Psychology
    Michael Breus, PhD answered:
    Sleep has been identified as playing a significant role in the function of long term memory consolidation (the process of taking information gathered throughout the day and organizing it into coherent thoughts). REM sleep in particular seems to have the greatest effect on memory building. While r...Read More
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychology:

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overconfident people are better at convincing others that they're more talented than they really are, and therefore are more likely to get promotions and reach high-level positions, a new study indicates.

    The researchers added that these "self-...Full Article

  • Michael Breus, PhD - city, AZ - Psychology
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    Eight hours. That’s the nightly sleep recommendation you hear most frequently, the gold standard for a healthy sleep routine. But what if it isn’t?...Full Post
    Michael Breus, PhD - city, AZ - Psychology
    Michael Breus, PhD answered:
    The first thing to try would be to make your bedroom as allergen-free as possible. Consider using special mattress and pillow covers, hypoallergenic pillows, sleeping in a room with hardwood floors rather than carpet,, removing pets from the bedroom, changing the sheets once a week (making sure to...Read More
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Maternal & Fetal Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's been controversy for years over whether the use of common antidepressants by women during their pregnancies might raise the odds of mental health issues in their children.

    Now, a study involving more than 13,000 children finds no rise i...Full Article

  • Michael Breus, PhD - city, AZ - Psychology
    Michael Breus, PhD answered:
    This is different for each individual and is partially a perception. We know that most people need between 6-9 hours of sleep.  We also know that they should get about 20% deep sleep and 25% REM sleep. A strict definition of a good night’s sleep might include these variables.
    However, there are many people...Read More
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Sleep Medicine:

    MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- "Sleep drunkenness" is more common than previously thought, affecting about one in 15 Americans, according to a new study that looked at the sleeping habits of more than 19,000 adults.

    Also called confusional arousal, the condition causes people t...Full Article

  • Michael Breus, PhD - city, AZ - Psychology
    Michael Breus, PhD answered:
    The answer to this question can vary between cultures and sleep specialists.  In my opinion, babies should sleep in the safest place for them and their parents.  
    If you decide your baby should sleep in bed with you, here are a few suggestions:
    •    Remove anything that could potentially smother your...Read More
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychiatry:

    THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of therapy and antidepressants appears to best help people with severe but short-term depression, a new study reports.

    Four out of five people suffering from severe depression for less than two years experienced full recovery when ...Full Article

  • Michael Breus, PhD - city, AZ - Psychology
    Michael Breus, PhD answered:
    Yes. Sleep deprivation will result in several different physical issues from lowered immune function to increased load on the heart. In extreme cases it can even lead to death, such as if one falls asleep while driving. Read More
  • Michael Breus, PhD - city, AZ - Psychology
    Michael Breus, PhD answered:
    A dream is an internally generated perceptual experience (often with both visual and auditory components) during the sleeping state that the dreamer accepts as real. Read More
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility:

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- White, straight women are much more likely to seek treatment for infertility than minority, bisexual or lesbian women, a new study finds.

    Researchers examined data gathered from nearly 20,000 American women, aged 21 to 44, who took part in poll...Full Article

  • Michael Breus, PhD - city, AZ - Psychology
    Michael Breus, PhD answered:
    The best thing to do is prepare your bedroom for sleep. This involves making sure the temperature is at a cool and comfortable setting, reducing light exposure, limiting and eliminating bothersome noises—making sure the room is exactly how you want it to be when your head hits the pillow. Read More
  • Michael Breus, PhD - city, AZ - Psychology
    Michael Breus, PhD answered:
    Lack of sleep or sleep deprivation, can cause a depletion of a neurotransmitter called Serotonin. Serotonin is one of the many calming hormones, and it allows us to keep our cool during stressful situations. Without enough Serotonin we may become irritable. In addition, sleep deprivation can lead...Read More
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychology:

    MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women seeking a better work-life balance are less likely than men to be viewed positively by their colleagues, a new study finds.

    "These results demonstrate how cultural notions of parenting influence perceptions of peop...Full Article