Category: sleep and insomnia

What Sleep is Like at Every Age: 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and Beyond 0

What Sleep is Like at Every Age: 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and Beyond

I’ve been writing about what sleep looks like at every age. Last week, we covered sleep in young adulthood, right up to the start of middle age. This week, I’m jumping back in to talk about how we sleep during middle age and throughout our older years.

At every stage of life, we face different challenges to sleep. But often, sleep starts to get increasingly complicated during middle age. Changes to hormones that influence sleep and circadian rhythms, greater risk for presence of health conditions that interfere with sleep, and the presence of chronic stress are some of the most common reasons why sleep tends to become more challenging the older we get.

If young adulthood gave some of us a hall pass when it comes to paying attention to sleep and investing time and attention in cultivating sleep habits, well…middle age is when that free ride typically ends. In order to sleep well and reap the benefits and protections of high-quality rest, we’ve got to pay attention to sleep on a daily basis. It helps to know what to

Post Concussive Insomnia and Should We Sleep In Separate Beds? 0

Post Concussive Insomnia and Should We Sleep In Separate Beds?

This week has been one for the record books for sure, and it included discussing Post Concussive Insomnia, an important topic if you, like me, have experienced a concussion.

The week started with a trip to see Dr. Daniel Amen, founder of Amen Clinics. Dr. Amen has been a pioneer in Psychiatry for several decades and I had the privilege of hanging out with him for an entire day.

Dr. Michael Breus And Dr. Daniel Amen

Dr. Amen’s methods of assessment are quite unique. He believes that blood flow in the brain is an important way to assess brain function. His theory is that mental illness, is brain illness and that with proper treatment of the affected areas of the brain people can get better.

Dr. Amen showed me brain scans of thousands of people and it was fascinating to be able to see the differences in blood flow in the brain connected to their diagnosis. We looked at brains with Alzheimer’s, addiction, ADD, and concussion. He also explained a recent publication which he was the investigator where they compiled over 10,000 brain scans, the largest study …

What Sleep is Like at Every Age: 20s, 30s, and 40s 0

What Sleep is Like at Every Age: 20s, 30s, and 40s

From our first days as newborns all the way to our old age, sleep changes throughout our lifetimes. Sleep is a dynamic process, one that affects (and is affected by) every other aspect of our lives and our biology. Bio rhythms shift, sleep architecture changes, hormone production rises and falls, all of which deeply affect how, whenand how wellwe rest. Throughout it all, the demands of daily life affect the amount—and the quality—of our nightly sleep.

There are some challenges to sleep that are perennial: inconsistent sleep routines, overconsumption of stimulants such as caffeine, over-exposure to artificial light—especially blue light. (I just wrote about blue light blocking glasses, how important they are and how to pick the right ones for you.)

But some important aspects of sleep change as we grow older—and those changes need to be met with new and different attention to sleeping well.

Wondering what sleep looks like at your age? Read on to find out the most common sleep challenges we face throughout every stage of life, and how to navigate them.

Warm Baths Help You Sleep 0

Warm Baths Help You Sleep

This past week was very interesting.

Many of you may not know this, but I’ve a spokesperson for Princess Cruise Lines for a few years and helped them develop their Princess Luxury Beds (so you know if you take a cruise on Princess Cruise lines, you’ll get comfortable rest). When they asked me to be the keynote speaker at The Protocol & Diplomacy Education Forum, I obviously said yes.

For those of you unfamiliar with this group, they provide training, information and advice regarding accepted rules of protocol and help develop policy and protocols concerning issues of diplomacy all around the world. So, what does that mean? Well, for example, it means if the Queen of England wants to cruise to Alaska on Princess Cruise Lines, they determine what protocols the cruise line needs to follow in order for it to be a successful trip

Michael Breus At The Protocol & Diplomacy Education Forum





As always when I speak, the audience asks great questions.  Many are common questions I get asked so often I thought I’d share my answers with you this week.  If you …

7 Ways to Sleep Better in the Next Heatwave 0

7 Ways to Sleep Better in the Next Heatwave

Most of the United States is just cooling down after a difficult, stifling, sleep-depriving heatwave. About two-thirds of the country was affected by this latest heatwave, which saw temperatures near and above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and heat indexes even higher. (The heat index measures how the body actually feels, taking into account both heat and humidity.) 

This wasn’t the first heatwave of the summer. And it’s not likely to be the last, especially since we’re headed into what are typically the hottest days of the year. As many of us have just been reminded, hot temperatures and high humidity make it a lot harder to sleep. And when you can’t rest comfortably and sleep soundly, that makes everything else you do harder. Let’s take a look at how the body handles sleep and heat, and how you can set yourself up to sleep better when temperatures soar. 

How heat hurts sleep 

Sleep is highly dependent on temperature. Internal body temperatures play a critical role in sleep onset and sleep maintenance—those are scientific terms for our ability to fall asleep

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea – Do You Have Sleep Apnea? Nearly 1 Billion People do. 0

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea – Do You Have Sleep Apnea? Nearly 1 Billion People do.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious health issue, if you think you may have sleep apnea, see a sleep professional right away.

Major symptoms of sleep apnea include
Loud snoring
Stop breathing during sleep or wake up gasping
Here is a comprehensive list of symptoms and information about sleep apnea.

936 million people around the globe have sleep apnea according to a new study this week!

Yes, you read that correctly, almost 1 billion people have sleep apnea around the world! The study reported in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine is the first prevalence update for sleep apnea in about a decade.

Previous estimates (from 2007) reported about 100 million were suffering from sleep apnea, this new data presented at the American Thoracic Society Annual meeting indicates those suffering have increased by 10X! Possibly even more alarming is that the study researchers are reporting that about 85% of these people are undiagnosed.

With the numbers of people afflicted by sleep apnea, which is such a dangerous sleeping disorder, on the rise there is an incredible need to increase …

5 Things To Know Before You Buy Blue Light Blocking Glasses 0

5 Things To Know Before You Buy Blue Light Blocking Glasses

How much time do you spend thinking about your light consumption? If you’re like most people, the answer is: not enough.

Controlling light exposure isn’t something our pre-industrial, pre-digital ancestors had to worry about. But in today’s perpetually lit-up world, it’s important for us all to regulate how we consume light–and the timingof light our consumption. Light has tremendous effects on sleep and health, and too much light, especially in the evenings, can seriously undermine sleep. Blue light, we’ve learned, is especially detrimental to sleep and health, when we’re exposed to too much of it and our exposure comes at the wrong times of day and night.

Where’s all this blue light coming from? Screens are a major source. But so is environmental lighting, including the energy efficient lights in our own homes and public spaces, from airplane cabins to movie theaters.

Limiting screen time is one way to reduce and control light exposure. But for most of us, it’s not going to get us consistently the protections we need from excessive blue light exposure. That’s why blue light

Five secrets to hosting overseas students 0

Five secrets to hosting overseas students

IMG-20190116-WA0002I have hosted many Japanese students and presently I am hosting a 13-year-old boy from France. My daughter was fortunate enough to stay with the boy and his family 6 months ago and now it’s our turn! There are many benefits to hosting, but I think to really enjoy the benefits – it’s important to […]

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Sleep, Shift Work, Breast Cancer And Chronotype 0

Sleep, Shift Work, Breast Cancer And Chronotype

I hope you’ve had a great Independence Day weekend and that you’re rested and ready for the new week. For me, it has been great to be back home and have a moment to relax and catch up with family and friends this week.

There were some very interesting stories I found in the research that we can all learn from in the coming week.

Female Lion Chronotypes may have a reduced risk for Breast Cancer.

If you are a Lion then I have some good news for you: A new large scale study suggests that women who are “morning people” aka a LION, may be at lower risk for breast cancer.

Not sure if you are a lion? Take my chronotype quiz and find out, it only takes a second.

In 2007, the World Health Organization’s agency for cancer research labeled shift work a probable carcinogen.

You heard me right, shift work may be contributing to CANCER.

It was commonly believed the cancer risk from shift work was due to environmental factors such as exposure to light at night …

Does Sleep Help You Lose Weight? 0

Does Sleep Help You Lose Weight?

Many times, when I’m on the road lecturing about sleep it’s often a dinner event where I’m on stage and everyone is listening and learning while enjoying a great meal.

This past week I was asked to be the keynote speaker at a full day sleep wellness event put on by Turnburry Corp. in Miami.


We had a great time, and I also got to see one of my old friends Christopher Lindholdst who was there with his company, MetroNaps. They make cool napping pods that companies put in their corporate offices so people can nap during the day. As many of you know I’m a big fan of napping for productivity! In fact, it’s been shown that daytime napping is an effective method for increasing levels of productivity (not to mention, helping employees get a little rest).

After my lecture, during the Q and A session, I was asked the question, “what is the relationship between sleep and weight loss?”

I have written about this topic many times on my blog and even dedicated my 2nd book …