Great Site – The Insomnia Blog

Dr. Michael Breus was kind enough to let us know about his [relatively] new blog, The Insomnia Blog. Dr. Breus specializes in sleep medicine, contributes to WebMD, AOL’s Health section, and is the author of Good Night: The Sleep Doctor’s 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health.

According to his blook and website, “Michael Breus is a practicing Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a specialty in clinical sleep disorders. He oversees nine sleep labs across Southern California and Arizona as the senior vice president of Arete Sleep Health. In addition to treating patients and training other sleep doctors, he consults with major airlines, hotel chains, and mattress manufacturers to provide effective sleep tips for their customers. Dr. Breus is a regular contributor to WebMD Community, WebMD Video, and WebMD the Magazine. He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife and two children.”

We hope you find Dr. Breus’s insight and expertise helpful.

The Sleep Blog does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Instead, this website provides general information for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a qualified health care provider if you have questions or concerns regarding any medical condition or treatment.

27 thoughts on “Great Site – The Insomnia Blog”

  1. Thanks for this link. It’s tough to sort through all the info and not get stressed by overload, but this Doc seems to lay things out in a straightforward way.

  2. Why Sleeping Pills are NOT a Cure for Insomnia

    When faced with the prospect of a large report, a looming deadline, or a major presentation, many people feel a great deal of stress in their lives, regardless of how well they’ve prepared, and how large their contribution needs to be. It is human nature to want to impress others, and the stress that we all feel from these kinds of situations can often manifest itself in the form of a sleepless night. This kind of insomnia is often called transient insomnia because it does not occur for long periods of time, and typically goes away after the stressful situation is dealt with.

    Faced with these kinds of stressful situations, it is common for many people to cause themselves even more stress by worrying over getting a good night’s sleep. After all, how can you perform at your best if you feel groggy after failing to sleep the night before? In these situations, many individuals turn to sleeping pills, and unfortunately, this is one of the very worst things that you can do.

    Sleeping pills are designed as a cure for insomnia, and very often they will work quite well, however there are many risks associated with sleeping pills, and many things to be aware of if you are taking them for a period of transient or intermittent insomnia.

    First and foremost, the vast majority of sleeping pills on the market will lead to dependency if used too often. Not only is this an expensive proposition over the long term, but it is bad for your health, and will leave you needy if you cannot get your nightly fix. Fighting an addiction to sleeping medications is on par with quitting smoking; very few people who try to do it will be successful.

    In addition, the root cause of your inability to sleep is caused by an outside source (the presentation, the project, etc.), and not by a physical issue like sickness or restless leg syndrome. By attempting to drug yourself with medication rather than dealing with the problem at hand, you will find your body and mind fighting the medication in order to stay awake and deal with the issue. While the medication will often win out in the end, you will lose valuable sleep time and energy dealing with a problem that didn’t exist beforehand, and this will leave you even worse off than you were before.

    In order to deal with insomnia, especially a period induced by a stressful situation, you need to alleviate as much of the stress as possible before you fall asleep at night. By laying out your clothes for the next day, packing your things, reflecting on your preparedness, and creating a to-do list for the following day, you can often put your mind to rest, and deal with a large amount of the fears and anxieties you are experiencing.

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    1. I think natural sleep is the way to go. Sleeping pills to me, just cause problems in the long run. I know, because I tried. My problem was that my brain wouldnt stop thinking, so I started writing in notebooks and then my website, which has caused me to get more sleep. My brain has an outlet now. People just need to find their natural technique to help with sleep.

  3. Hi,

    Have you tried to cure insomnia with music?

    We know that brain waves are modified by sounds. Beta brain waves, those between 14 and 20 hertz are most common. We achieve relaxed concentration or lucid awareness when alpha waves, between 8 and 13 hertz, are present Music with about 60 heats per minute–particularly that of Mozart, Brahms, and Bach–shifts the brain’s activity from beta to the higher-awareness alpha waves.

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  4. Sleep is so vital to our healthy functioning it is greta to have so many resources to discover new ways ot over come insomnia. i though the comment on sleeping with music was intriguing particularly its effects on brain waves

  5. Controlling your brain’s sleep cycles is important if you want to get a good nights sleep and eliminate insomnia for good! One way to do this is to check out the Sleep Tracks Brainwave Entrainment program. This is a safe and natural alternative that is working for a lot of people.

  6. Have you tried MonaVie? I’m sure you have heard of the acai berry. I have been using it regularly for 5 months and have been amazed with how great I feel. After 2 months I needed 1 hour less sleep every night due to better and deeper sleep. The more I look into this product the more I am impressed. What are your thoughts on it?

  7. My name is Tony and I’m no expert by any means, but I use a product that really helped me after 15 years of insomnia. It’s all natural and inexpensive. This website advertises several products; I have no idea how effective the other product’s are but the one they call PM has really been a Godsend to me.

  8. Have you ever tried alphamusic for your insomnia? Cynthia who hasn’t slept properly for 22 years tried all sorts of music and therapies…the only thing that worked was tablets!!
    Then by chance heard my CD for women ‘Orange Grove Siesta’ found the muscles around her head unwinding by themselves!
    Before th cd was finished she was asleep !–this cd is used best by women with a busy mind
    Amber is meant for men , and for Mum’s n babies…yes we will have a small timer

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  10. I am the developer of the Android app “Gentle Wakeup” which has already helped over 200k people to improve their sleep.
    I am giving away a free unlock code for people with sleep disorders caused by stress, jet lag, depression, migraine, headache, motivation, tinnitus, insomnia, burn-out, autism, PTSD, anxiety disorder, ADHD or other mental disorder. Just enter the code wakeup2604 in app settings and enjoy all features of the pro version which usually costs $10. The app can be downloaded freely in the play store at:
    Please note that the app is not a medical product and sleep disorders should always be clarified by a doctor.

  11. The problem is, when I go to sleep earlier I don’t get that full eight or nine hours; I usually wake up at 5 or 6 AM so I’m still getting the same amount of sleep I would if I was closing my eyes at 1 or 2 AM.I am aware that sleeping regimens need time to kick in with the cycle, but it’s been months now and I have no reprieve. Should I see a doctor? Take medication? Should i try taking medicinal cannabis like this one ??
    Sucks, man. By like 3 or 4 PM I start dozing off again, and I come home and I just want to take a nap. Lack of energy, which impacts my gym regimen and general welfare. I don’t want to do chores, or work, or even play video games in my down time because staring at the screen tires me out.

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