Michael Breus, PhD

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  • Eating at night disrupts sleep

    Chances are, you spend time regularly thinking about what you eat, and how much you eat. But how much attention do you pay to when you eat? Life seems to only get busier, and daily schedules more hectic. It’s easy, with all that’s going on, to skip out on meals...Full Post
  • The harm that light can do to your sleep

    Do you think about how you use and consume light? We live in a culture where electricity and artificial light are everywhere: inexpensive and always available in seemingly endless supply. We’re so used to being surrounded by light—it’s truly at our fingerti...Full Post
  • Observing the damaged brain for clues about dreaming

    Thanks to advanced and digital technologies, a close study of the dreaming brain is possible. Dream researchers use neural-imaging tools range from EEG to PET scan to MRI to observe the brain’s activity while dreaming. In addition to observing healthy brain...Full Post
  • Insomnia Could Kill You - By Accident

    We talk a lot about the dangers of poor sleep, the risks to health, mental and physical wellbeing and performance, and to quality of life. One serious consequence of poor sleep that sometimes gets overlooked? The risk it poses to accidental death.

    A recent...Full Post
  • You're awake but you can't move: the scary state of sleep paralysis

    Have you ever suffered an episode of sleep paralysis? It can be a tremendously frightening experience, one you’re not likely to forget. You wake from sleep immobilized, unable to move your body or turn your head. You try to make a sound, but you can’t open...Full Post
  • Can Sleep Problems in Teens Predict Substance Abuse?

    When thinking about the factors that contribute to teenage drinking and drug use, sleep may not make many parents’ lists. But it should. New research investigating the relationship between sleep and substance use among adolescents has found that sleep troubles...Full Post
  • Cultivating Mindfulness to Help Sleep

    Talk of mindfulness—and its capacity to improve health and well being—seems to be everywhere these days. From stress reduction, to exercise, to eating and weight management, mindfulness practices are increasingly being recognized for their therapeutic benefits....Full Post
  • Our Dreaming World

    Dreaming is a fundamental, seemingly timeless part of the human experience. For many thousands of years, humans have contemplated, theorized about, and given meaning to dreams. Ancient cultures paid great attention to dreams. Among diverse ancient cultures,...Full Post
  • How to Keep Snoring from Hurting Your Relationship

    Snoring doesn’t just interfere with the snorer’s sleep. When it comes to couples, one person’s snoring often means sleep trouble for two. And it isn’t only sleep that can suffer. Snoring can put great strain on relationships. A snoring problem often creates...Full Post
  • Is Sleep Apnea Related to the "Sperm Crisis"?

    The past decade or so has seen the development a worrisome trend in fertility studies—evidence that suggests the possibility of broad declines in male sperm quality. In particular, a French study released in 2012 found significant declines in sperm quality...Full Post