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The Sleep Doctor's Diet Plan: Lose Weight through Better Sleep Hardcover – May 10, 2011

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About the Author

MICHAEL BREUS, PhD, D.ABSM, a.k.a. The Sleep Doctor™, is a clinical psychologist board certified in clinical sleep disorders. He is the sleep expert on WebMD and Sharecare and appears regularly on national television, including the Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, and The Rachael Ray Show. He provides expert advice and guidance in leading national publications and Web sites like the Huffington Post. He lives in Scottsdale, AZ.
 
DEBRA F. BRUCE, PhD, is an award-winning medical writer who is the author of more than 80 health books and a senior editorial consultant for WebMD, Sharecare, AOL Health, and HowStuffWorks.com. She lives in Atlanta.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609611330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609611330
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. With a specialty in Sleep Disorders, Dr. Breus is one of only 163 psychologists in the world with his credentials and distinction.

Dr. Breus is also the creator of The Dr. Breus Bed®, the first and only mattress collection ever designed by a sleep specialist. He has also pioneered a line of solution based pillows in The Dr. Breus Pillow collection, now available on Amazon.com.

Dr. Breus is the author of The Sleep Doctor's Diet Plan: Lose Weight Through Better Sleep (Rodale Books; May 2011), a groundbreaking book discussing the science and relationship between quality sleep and metabolism. His first book, GOOD NIGHT: The Sleep Doctor's 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health (Dutton/Penguin), an Amazon Top 100 Best Seller, has been met with rave reviews and continues to change the lives of readers. It is now available in paperback as BEAUTY SLEEP: Look Younger, Lose Weight, and Feel Great Through Better Sleep.

As the subject of sleep continues to gain momentum in our sleep-deprived society, Dr. Breus has become a widely recognized leader in this ever-evolving field. Dedicated to raising awareness of both medically diagnosed sleep disorders and the importance of quality sleep for all, Dr. Breus is on a mission to develop innovative education and communication programs.

In addition to his private practice, where he treats athletes and celebrities alike, Dr. Breus also trains other sleep doctors and consults with major airlines, hotel chains, mattress manufacturers and retailers to provide the optimum sleep experience for their customers. His audio relaxation CD distributed in Crowne Plaza Hotels helps millions of people fall asleep each year; and for over 14 years Dr. Breus has served as the Sleep Expert for WebMD and frequently pens "Sleep Matters" a column in WebMD magazine. Dr. Breus also writes The Insomnia Blog, which appears regularly on WebMD, The Huffington Post, The Dr. Oz Blog, Psychology Today, MedPedia, Organized Wisdom, Travora Travel, and Furniture Today.

Dr. Breus has provided editorial services for numerous medical and psychology peer-reviewed journals and has given hundreds of presentations to professionals and the general public. Among his numerous national media appearances, Dr. Breus has been interviewed on CNN, Oprah, The View, Anderson, and The Doctors. He also appears regularly on The Dr. OZ Show and Sirius XM Radio.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By craig primack on November 1, 2011
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As a practicing physician who treats patients with weight problems, sleep is indispensible. Michael Breus has written 2 really good books on the subject and I use his new 5 Sleep Rules with all of my patients. Too many people try to diet more and exercise harder and forget a really basic fact like good restorative sleep. Lack of sleep causes hormone changes that increase hunger (ghrelin) and decrease fullness (leptin) as well as make it harder (cortisol), even when you are following a basically good diet and mild to moderate exercise. For those who diet and exercise and still need to lose weight, this book will help you to understand why sleep is good for you and necessary for weight loss.

Craig Primack MD, FAAP
Scottsdale Weight Loss Center PLLC
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By scientist99 on July 17, 2013
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This book should have been titled practical methods of curing sleep disorders. The book is about sleep and contains a small amount of information on food and diet. It contains the following:
A sleep disruption quiz by which the individual can self diagnose severity of the sleep disorder
A list of hormones affecting sleep and their purpose
A description of the stages of sleep
A sleep diary for the individual to follow his or her sleep pattern
A list of activities that boost good sleep
A listing of the types of mattress
A discussion of things that affect sleep e.g. sound, smell, and light
In part III A short list of recipes
The discussion of meals is hardly a diet plan.
The primary hypothesis appears to be that disturbed sleep promotes Ghrelin which in turn promotes eating.
If sleep is normalized the amount of Ghrelin would be reduced and the individual would be able to lose weight.
Unfortunately the most recent information on the FTO gene which is connected with Ghrelin production is that there is more than one variant. This means that the relationship depends on the variant that is present in the individual. Diet type will affect whether or not weight reduction occurs. In one variant a high protein diet has demonstrated weight reduction.
On page 34 there is mention that there are 88 types of sleep disorder. There is no complete nosology nor a listing of which are diet related
Overall, this is a good and informative book on sleep disorders and there possible treatment. I highly recommend it for persons with sleep disorders.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Robert Ziltzer, MD, weight loss MD on August 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Every day I treat patients who want to lose weight, and wonder why they have difficulty being successful when they are only getting 4 hours of sleep each night. Dr. Breus explains superbly the scientific connection between sleep deprivation and obesity, and what to do about it. When you consider that SLEEP IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS DIET AND EXERCISE in weight loss, you make getting more sleep a priority. The book reviews all of the scientific literature in easy to understand terms, so there is no question why you should be getting more sleep. This information helps those who choose to stay up late and don't consider the consequences.
What about those who want to sleep more but either can't get to sleep or awaken during the night? Dr. Breus reviews the reasons why you might be having difficulty, and gives easy to use strategies depending upon your specific sleep problem. The tools are easy to use, and highly effective.
I have recommended this to many patients at Scottsdale Weight Loss Center, and have found the advise to be invaluable.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Reader on October 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've had sleep struggles for about 5 years so when a friend sent me a copy of this book, I started reading it immediately. It has become my sleep bible - and I am reaping such good results by following the suggestions the doctor gives. His explanation of how sleep works, and of how and why aspects of life and substances interfere with sleep explained to me things I simply did not know. And believe me, I've read plenty of literature about sleep problems - but nothing this informative and nothing that had the whole program for solving sleep deprivation. I said I'm reaping the results by following the program outlined in this book - by that I mean I have stopped taking sleeping pills, and that I'm getting now 7 - 7 1/2 hours of quality sleep. It is a whole new world for me!
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Gary Pow3rs on June 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the best books I have ever read, especially I am not the biggest fan of books. It was definitely a good read and I would recommend it to anyone. I am not a person who has a weight problem. Just a pretty average guy with the average height so pretty normal. The book itself is very inspirational. The advice is great and has helped me gain better sleep as I have had been sleeping badly for many years till I read this book.
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35 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Nanpower on August 23, 2011
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Dont waste a moment on this book. I took the bait from Dr. Oz. But it is all about the money. Thought I could trust his recommendation. I was hoping for tips on a better nights sleep. When I saw the forward by Arianna Huffington and comments by Rose O'Donnell I knew this wasn;t going to be a winner. It's a tremendous amount of already published data and beyond common sense lists. "cut back on energy drinks" and "eliminate caffeine by 2pm". Please note I gave this book only one star, "no star" was not an option.
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