Dr. Michael Breus, PhD

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  • Is sleep technology making good on its promise to improve sleep?

    New technologies try to solve age-old sleep problems

    Do you track your sleep with a wristband or a bedroom sleep monitor? Are you working with a sleep app for guidance on how to relieve insomnia or some other sleep problem? If so, you are part of a growing...Full Post
  • Details from the new frontier of sleep

    Do you use sleep technology to help your nightly rest?

    We talk a lot about the threats that technology poses to healthy sleep—the hazards of nighttime exposure to artificial light, the sleep-stealing impact of constant stimulation and engagement. But technology...Full Post
  • New insights about ‘the darkness hormone,’ melatonin

    Melatonin is central to our sleep and to our cycles of rest and activity. As much as we’ve learned about melatonin and its importance to sleep, there’s a great deal we still don’t yet know about the hormone’s biological functions and purpose. In the past few...Full Post
  • Digging into memory—and its relationship to sleep

    We’ve all had the experience of having our memory fail us, whether it’s forgetting a name, struggling to remember what you did the day before, or wandering in search of a pair of keys. Before you ascribe that fuzzy memory to a “senior moment,” or to the frenetic...Full Post
  • 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