Michael Breus, PhD

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  • EPAP and the future of snoring

    Do you have a snorer in your life? Most of us do. Maybe you have a parent or a sibling who is known in the family for their snoring. Perhaps your partner snores. Maybe the snorer in your life is you. Snoring is one of the most common sleep problems, and can...Full Post
  • Mind-body therapies to ease insomnia

    Insomnia can be a frustrating cycle of sleeplessness to break. For many people, insomnia leads not only to daytime fatigue, sleepiness, and irritability, but also to anxiety about sleep itself. Feeling stress about one’s ability to sleep can make falling asleep...Full Post
  • Does cancer grow more aggressively at night?

    Scientists studying relationships between different types of cells have encountered some new and potentially important information about how—and when—cancerous tumors grow most aggressively. According to a new study, cancerous tumors may grow faster at night,...Full Post
  • Is seven hours of sleep ideal?

    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? I read this article in the Wall Street Journal with great interest, for it points to recent research that suggests...Full Post
  • Can Diet Keep Circadian Clocks "Ticking" Well?

    Strong and healthy circadian function is vital to good sleep and to overall good health. Circadian rhythms have a significant influence over sleep, working in concert with the body’s internal sleep drive to regulate periods of both rest and alertness. Circadian dysfunction...Full Post
  • Chronic Poor Sleep May Cause Lasting Brain Damage

    Do without sleep now, and make up for it later. It’s a pretty common sleep strategy for adults with busy lives and demanding schedules that crowd out sufficient time for sleep on a daily basis. We’ve seen evidence in recent years that this strategy— of running up a sleep...Full Post
  • Nightmares and Insomnia Together Exacerbate Depression

    Nightmares can cause difficulty both to sleep and to our waking lives. Intense and distressing dreams often lead to waking at night and can create anxiety about returning to sleep. Nightmares also can have an impact on our moods the next morning, bringing anxiety...Full Post
  • Brain’s ‘sleep switch’ found

    Scientists have identified a protein molecule in the brains of fruit flies that they believe is the “switch” that controls the flies’ internal drive to sleep—and that a similar mechanism likely exists for human sleep as well.

    Researchers at the UK’s Oxford...Full Post
  • Poor sleep increases pain risk—especially as we age

    For many people, getting older means contending with more frequent aches and pains. Musculoskeletal pain—pain in muscles, bones, and nerves—occurs with increasing frequency as we age. This age-related pain can take many forms. Sometimes it is acute and short-term, while...Full Post
  • Blue light hazardous to sleep, but helpful to daytime functioning?

    We’re continuing to learn more about the stimulating effects of blue wavelength light and its capacity to disrupt sleep. Exposure to artificial light at night is recognized as a hazard to sleep, contributing to rising rates of disrupted and disordered sleep....Full Post