Dr. Michael Breus, PhD

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  • Doctors say cut the lights at night

    New recommendations for street lights target health and safety

    America’s physicians recently issued a strong warning about the way we light our streets, urging limits on the use of high-intensity LED lighting at night in order to protect human health,...Full Post
  • Why you’re more tired flying east than west

    New evidence on how direction affects jet lag

    If you’ve traveled through time zones even occasionally, you’ve likely noticed a distinct phenomenon of jet lag: it’s easier to travel west than to travel east. Jet lag—with its symptoms of fatigue, mental s...Full Post
  • Can sleeping late torpedo your diet?

    New evidence of how late sleeping undermines healthy eating

    Are you a morning person—someone who wakes and rises early, perhaps without the help of an alarm clock? Or do you tend to sleep late, and cherish every extra minute of morning rest? The timing...Full Post
  • Does what you eat matter to your sleep?

    The science on diet and sleep


    Do you struggle to get enough sleep on a regular basis? If so, you’re in plentiful company. More than a third of adults in the U.S. are regularly logging less than the 7-8 hours of sleep that most people need in order to...Full Post
  • The economics of treating insomnia

    Despite its status as the most common sleep disorder among adults in the U.S., many people who suffer from insomnia aren’t receiving treatment. Research indicates that insomnia disorder is significantly underdiagnosed among American adults. What’s more, treatment...Full Post
  • The economics of treating insomnia

    Insomnia treatments improve lives—and save money

    Despite its status as the most common sleep disorder among adults in the U.S., many people who suffer from insomnia aren’t receiving treatment. Research indicates that insomnia disorder is significantly u...Full Post
  • Does the full moon make your kids less sleepy?

    New evidence that the moon influences human sleep

    Do you ever attribute your child’s wild or wound-up behavior to the presence of a full moon? If so, you’re far from the only parent to feel as though your child might open his mouth and howl at the dark...Full Post
  • Insomnia isn’t just a nighttime problem

    New research on the 24-hour life of insomnia

    Most of us have had at least some first-hand experience with insomnia symptoms. Some nights, maybe it’s been tough to fall asleep, or you’ve awakened repeatedly throughout the night. Perhaps there are mornings...Full Post
  • Low on sleep, teenagers behave in risky ways

    Lack of sleep increases risks for injury

    If you’re a parent, you know that lack of sleep can make your teen grouchy and distracted, irritable and low energy. Did you know that insufficient sleep also puts teenagers at greater risk for injury?

    Scientists...Full Post
  • Statins for sleep apnea?

    New details, possible treatment in the link between heart disease and sleep apnea

    People with obstructive sleep apnea are at significantly increased risk for cardiovascular disease. The relationship between the two conditions is complex, and the mechanisms...Full Post