Category: sleep and insomnia

Make Up versus The Sleep Doctor: The Beauty Sleep Challenge How to Look Younger and Fresher Every Day With a Wood Night’s Rest 0

Make Up versus The Sleep Doctor: The Beauty Sleep Challenge How to Look Younger and Fresher Every Day With a Wood Night’s Rest

A good night of sleep is the ultimate pampering for your skin, your hair, your nails. Great sleep is like getting the full works at the spa—a facial, a deep conditioning treatment, a mani-pedi.

Why? Sleep is prime time for the body to restore and repair itself at the cellular level. It’s during sleep that a fleet of hormones that support cellular health AND a youthful appearance go to work.

Poor sleep, on the other hand, accelerates biological aging and contributes to the signs of aging—wrinkles, dull skin, puffy, tired eyes, unhealthy hair—that drive people to sink lots of money and time into make-up and beauty routines.

I’m not telling you to toss your stash of creams and make up. But the truth is, sleep is the ultimate cosmetic medicine. By establishing a routine of sleeping well, you allow your body to perform its own, innate anti-aging work. The result is a healthier you, and a younger looking you, too.

I thought we’d have some fun today, and put my sleep advice head-to-head with the beauty industry tips for concealing

The Sleep Doctor’s Puffy Mattress Review 0

The Sleep Doctor’s Puffy Mattress Review

If you’re searching for one of the best memory foam mattresses, look no further than this Puffy mattress review. The Puffy is a medium-firm memory foam mattress that truly is a versatile option for sleepers of all body types and sleep needs. It’s made to offer ample comfort and support, especially for sleepers suffering from back pain

Puffy is one of the top mattress in a box brands that utilizes memory foam to make a supportive and comfortable sleep experience. Puffy took traditional memory foam and improved upon it, creating a bed using their own special types of foam. The result is a mattress that’s soft enough for side sleepers to enjoy, but firm enough to provide the support back and stomach sleepers need. 

Working with the mattress testing experts at Mattress Advisor, The Sleep Doctor, Michael Breus, Ph.D. provides expertise in this Puffy mattress review. The Puffy underwent rigorous testing at the Mattress Advisor test lab based out of Raleigh, NC. It was analyzed via a 14 point test critiquing its performance, construction, and overall benefits

How To Improve Gut Health For Better Sleep 0

How To Improve Gut Health For Better Sleep

With bottles of prebiotics and probiotics – I like Soil Based Organism Probiotics  use code sleepdr for a 10% discount- or even yogurt promising to fix gut health or support gut bacteria, digestion is clearly on a lot of Americans’ minds. But what if I told you that your gut and digestion may be causing sleep problems, too?

In the past, I’ve told you about the link between sleep deprivation, early death, and your gut.

This week I’ll discuss how to restore gut health, based upon 2020 research, and why gut health is important for managing sleep disorders like sleep apnea and even reducing the impact of shift work.

What is Gut Health?
First, a refresher.

Gut health is a general phrase that describes the state and balance of bacteria in our gastrointestinal system that helps us digest food. Multiple organs, including the liver, gallbladder, and even the kidneys are involved.

When I eat a sandwich, over a trillion microorganisms, known as gut microbiota, work to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients and get rid of anything my body doesn’t …

The Best Black Friday Mattress Deals of 2020 0

The Best Black Friday Mattress Deals of 2020

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are more than just a time to get some early Christmas shopping in—it’s also the best time of the year to invest in a new mattress. A new bed can improve sleep quality, so if your current mattress isn’t cutting it, now’s the time to upgrade. High Performance Sleep Coach, Michael Breus, Ph.D, a board-certified sleep specialist known as The Sleep Doctor partnered with the experts at Mattress Advisor to find the best Black Friday mattress deals available today. The top contenders have been vetted based on testing conducted in the Mattress Advisor lab in North Carolina. Here are the 12 best deals happening this holiday season. 

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These are the best Black Friday mattress sales of 2020: 

How To Lose More Weight On A Time Restricted Diet 0

How To Lose More Weight On A Time Restricted Diet

By Following Your Chronotype

There are plenty of popular diets like the keto diet and paleo diet, and while they have their merits, I personally follow time restricted eating. But I don’t just limit the hours I eat: for optimal health and sleep, I do it by following my personal chronotype.

Today I’ll share my tips for following a time restricted diet whether you’re looking to lose weight, gain energy or just feel good–and how to do it by following your unique chronotype.

What is time restricted eating?

Many people confuse time restricted eating with intermittent fasting, but they are different in two important ways.

First, time restricted eating requires you to eat according to your circadian rhythm. The idea is that an 8 to 12 hour window gives your digestive system time to rest.

Second, time restricted eating doesn’t seek to restrict calories the same way intermittent fasting does.To learn more, watch Dr. Sanjay Panda from The Salk Institute explain how time restricted eating works and its benefits.

Does time restricted eating really have health benefits?

You don’t …

The Real Sleep Science Behind Some of My Favorite Spooky Sleep Movies (Just in Time for Halloween!) 0

The Real Sleep Science Behind Some of My Favorite Spooky Sleep Movies (Just in Time for Halloween!)

I love movies, including scary ones (yes, I’m the one who actually covers his eyes and then peeks out). And—no surprise here—I’m always curious about how sleep is portrayed and used as a plot in films. Think about it: there are a lot of movies, including a bunch of scary ones, that rely on sleep experiences to tell a story. Hello? Nightmare on Elm Street, anyone?

I was reading last week about a book that examines the science behind Stephen King’s novels. (I’m also a fan of those.) I thought, what a cool idea. So, this Halloween week, I thought we’d have some fun and take a look at the science behind some movies that have sleep themes. Grab your popcorn!

The sleep science behind Inception and Dreamscape: lucid dreaming

With his recent release of Tenent, Director Christopher Nolan is in the news, but his prior movie Inception is my current favorite, and my all-time favorite classic Dreams film is DreamScape with Dennis Quaid. These are two awesome sci-fi thrillers that are all about sleep and dreaming. Inception …

Rest and Recover with The Sleep Doctor’s 7 Best Mattresses for Athletes 0

Rest and Recover with The Sleep Doctor’s 7 Best Mattresses for Athletes

Those who lead an active lifestyle work hard to get fit and strong; and yet, in order to crush your workout, you also need to get plenty of rest. That’s why choosing the best mattress for athletes is so important. Your mattress plays a major role in determining your quality of sleep, and it’s even more crucial for active individuals to sleep on a supportive mattress, so they can get the rest they need to recover. 

“Recovery is “the secret weapon” of any type of athlete, whether you are a weekend warrior, semi-pro or a professional athlete. In my work with Olympians, professional sports stars and even in my own personal training (I’m a cross-fitter and runner), getting high quality sleep, in a supportive and comfortable sleep system is the “edge” we are all looking for to win,” says Dr. Breus.

But with so many bed-in-a-box mattresses on the market, it can be difficult to know which is right for you. That’s why High Performance Sleep Coach, Michael Breus, Ph.D, a board-certified sleep specialist known as The Sleep Doctor

Can’t Sleep Because of Caffeine? Here’s the Solution 0

Can’t Sleep Because of Caffeine? Here’s the Solution

As a sleep doctor, you probably think I shun caffeine from my life. The truth? Not only do I enjoy coffee every day, but there’s a lot of myths about caffeine and how it affects sleep.

This week, I’ll tell you how I still enjoy my coffee, and how you can too, by dispelling caffeine and sleep myths, establishing a healthy routine, and avoiding the typical mistakes most sleep deprived people make when it comes to caffeine and sleep.

How Caffeine Affects Sleep

While I love the taste of coffee, let’s be honest: most of us, from college students to sleep deprived moms, reach for a cup when we’re facing an energy slump.

Your favorite cup of coffee stimulates the production of both noradrenaline and epinephrine. That in turn starts what you’ve probably heard called the ‘flight or fight response, which raises your heart rate, blood pressure–and alertness.

Are Americans Addicted to Caffeine?

It’s not just college students who need their caffeine. In fact, the age group with the highest caffeine consumption is middle aged men and women!

According …

Here are the Best Mattress Toppers Available Online 0

Here are the Best Mattress Toppers Available Online

If you’ve been struggling to get a good night’s sleep lately, or have been plagued by morning aches and pains, it may be time to take a second look at your mattress. But if you’re not in the market to spend a fortune on a new bed—don’t worry. Michael Breus, Ph.D, board-certified sleep specialist known as The Sleep Doctor partnered with the experts at Mattress Advisor to find the eight best mattress toppers.

Mattress toppers are an inexpensive way to customize your mattress to your liking. A good mattress topper can augment the firmness level of your existing bed and help rehabilitate a mattress that’s lost some of its supportiveness. Or if you simply find your current mattress to be too soft or too hard, you can add either a plush or firm topper to meet somewhere in the middle, and closer to your preferred feel. 

As with mattresses, though, not all toppers are created equal. The Sleep Doctor collaborated with the expert review team at Mattress Advisor to create a list of the top products on the market

5 Things to Know About Sleep and Psychological Health in the Coronavirus Pandemic 0

5 Things to Know About Sleep and Psychological Health in the Coronavirus Pandemic

More than half a year into the coronavirus pandemic, how are you sleeping? Are you up at night worrying about work, finances, family schedules, all of the above? Are you staying up late to take care of all the stuff you can’t get done during the day because of changes to your kids’ school schedules? Are you feeling isolated from friends, colleagues, extended family?

These are unprecedented times, with unprecedented challenges that are creating unprecedented stress and widespread problems for sleep. We’re learning more all the time about the impact of the pandemic on sleep and emotional health. It feels like the right time to check in about the latest science on how sleep is being affected, and what you can do to get your best rest during these stressful days and nights.

Short-term insomnia rates soared at the start of the outbreak. Now chronic insomnia is likely soaring, too

Acute insomnia is a sudden onset of insomnia symptoms, usually in response to a disruptive, stressful life event. Short-term insomnia happens throughout our individual lives. A job loss, a relationship