The Mastery of Sleep with Dr. Michael Breus review: My verdict (2020)

With devices and notifications invading every second of our lives, it’s no surprise that more people are sleep deprived now more than ever.

The “work till you drop” culture that we live in doesn’t help us with our sleep either.

I’ve faced sleeping problems for as long as I can remember, so when I found Mastery of Sleep Quest on Mindvalley, I was more than a little intrigued, so I signed up and tried it out for myself.

In this review, I share all my thoughts and experiences on the Mastery of Sleep Mindvalley online course, and whether it’s worth your time and money.

Let’s go!

Why I Gave Mindvalley’s Mastery of Sleep Quest A Shot

I’ve never thought much about my sleep. Like most people, I just sleep when I feel like sleeping (or when I have the time to do it!).

I never stuck to any strict sleep regimen; never thought about what I was doing wrong when it came to sleep. 

Because of that I’ve always had slightly average sleep — the kind of sleep where you wake up feeling like you’re not totally ready for the day, but you have enough in the tank to get started — and it was only when I hit my mid 20s that my bad sleeping started to really limit my effectiveness throughout the day.

I guess it was a combination of my age alongside years of terrible sleeping habits. 

So a few years ago I started taking melatonin supplements almost nightly, since my work involves staring at screens for long hours into the night (thus suppressing my natural melatonin production). 

And while the melatonin helped me regulate my sleep for a while, the effectiveness started to wear off in the last year or so, and I was starting to feel hopeless when it came to my sleep.

Insomnia felt like a routine thing, and unless I wore myself out COMPLETELY during the day, I’d find myself staying up until 3, 4, or 5 in the morning. 

So did I need professional help with sleep? Definitely.

That’s why the Mastery of Sleep Quest on Mindvalley felt like a godsend when I first stumbled on it, but I wasn’t sold immediately.

The fact that the course only had 5.5 hours of footage (which is a bit shorter than the average Mindvalley Ques) was slightly concerning, but when I did my research on the instructor, Dr. Michael Breus, I realized that there might be no one better suited to design a course like this.

It’s not everyday that a bestselling author with a lifetime of experience and study in sleep offers to teach you everything they know about maximizing your sleep.

And since this course was part of the All Access pass, I literally had nothing to lose except a few minutes of my day everyday for the next few weeks. 

So why not? At worst, I’ll learn a few new things about sleep and how the mind and body work.

At best, I’ll reclaim the nights with the sleep I’ve been missing for years. Here’s a spoiler: my sleep is amazing now, and a lot of what I learned from the course seemed so simple; I had just never thought of it before.

What the Mastery of Sleep is All About

The Mastery of Sleep turns your nightly sleeping routine into a science.

So much of what we do is based on proven science: we manage weight loss according to mountains of research by dieticians and fitness trainers; we maximize our productivity with tools and brain hacks and more. 

Simply put, so much of our lives have been set against an exact science for maximum performance, and we love living this way.

But sleep is something that most of us don’t really think about. We sleep whenever we have the time to do it, or when we’re so exhausted from our endless list of productivity hacking that we have to pass out.

Dr. Breus tries to rewrite the paradigm when it comes to sleep by helping his students understand every little thing that goes into it.

There are two key points of the course that really stood out for me: chronotypes and his five major tips.

Chronotypes essentially are the different types of sleeping patterns that we have as humans.

It’s more than just whether you’re an early riser or a night owl; there are actually four different chronotypes that dictate your internal rhythm and body clock.

Dr. Breus categorizes these four types as four different animals with the following characteristics:

  • Dolphin: Light sleepers who often find their sleeping patterns changing all the time, and they are likeliest to be diagnosed with insomnia. 
  • Lion: They wake up early in the day and have tons of energy as soon as they wake up. They find themselves exhausted by the time it’s early evening.
  • Bear: Bears follow the rise and fall of the sun, and are the most “traditional” when it comes to sleep. They always need their full 8 hours, and they like sleeping and waking at “normal hours”.
  • Wolf: The wolf is the night owl — they have difficulty waking up early in the morning and find that they have the most energy late at night. 

Each chronotype has its own optimal productivity hours and rest hours, and we can maximize our sleep (as well as the rest of our day) by understanding and accepting our own chronotype and living by Dr. Breus’s suggested rules.

Dr. Breus also suggests five major tips for getting the best sleep, and these are:

  1. Keep a consistent schedule: Not just with sleep, but with all activities of the day, so that your body can get used to a certain internal rhythm
  2. Limit caffeine after you wake up: We tend to drink coffee as soon as we wake up, but this actually dehydrates the body and makes it even more difficult to get the day started. Don’t drink coffee until after you’ve been awake for 90 minutes
  3. Exercise: You don’t have to burn yourself out at the gym, but 30 minutes a day can do wonders towards helping your nightly sleepy
  4. Time your alcohol properly: There are certain hours of the day when you should drink alcohol and shouldn’t if you want it to help with your sleeping
  5. Get light in the morning: Your internal melatonin faucet is still running when you wake up, and you shut that off by opening the windows and getting sun into your roo

When you take these tips out of the context of the course, they can seem a bit simple.

But the way Dr. Breus presents and explains every aspect of his sleep science is what makes the difference with this course: you will never find anything more complete when it comes to guides for getting the best sleep.

Essentially, the Mastery of Sleep Quest will help you finally master your sleep.

Who Is the Mastery of Sleep Quest For?

You would love the Mastery of Sleep if…The Mastery of Sleep might not be for you if…
You’ve tried everything to fix your sleeping but nothing seems to workYour sleeping doesn’t really bother you and you don’t think sleeping is a major issue
You don’t know where to begin when it comes to fixing your sleeping and want a sleep expert to hold your hand through the processYou aren’t the type who likes overanalyzing the little things; you aren’t into “hacks” and tips to maximize something as simple as sleep
You are ready to make real changes to your sleeping habits and unlearn your bad habitsYou want a more 1-on-1 approach to coaching, which you might not get from an online Mindvalley Quest

If you’re having trouble sleeping, the Mastery of Sleep Quest is for you. It’s as simple as that.

I have recommended this to dozens of friends — because almost everyone I know has issues when it comes to sleep — and no one has walked away from this without feeling like it improved the way they sleep.

If you want one of the leading sleep experts on the planet to show you the ropes and teach you everything he knows about sleep, this course is for you.

What else needs to be said?

What Makes Dr. Michael Breus The Perfect Mentor

If you’re a fan of The Dr. Oz Show or Oprah, you’ve probably seen Dr. Michael Breus before.

Dubbed as the Sleep Doctor, Dr. Michael Breus doesn’t just understand how sleep works; he’s created a fool=proof method on improving your quality of life through sleep alone. 

If you’ve never heard of Dr. Breus, the good news is he has tons of videos online explaining his philosophies.

His Mindvalley video “How To Be Better In Bed: The Quest For Better Sleep” is a great introduction to him as an instructor.

I recommend checking it out to see if his teaching philosophy aligns with your learning style. 

Dr. Breus’ understanding of sleep comes from his background as a clinical psychologist.

He is one of the only 168 psychologists in the world that is considered a fellow at the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. 

Dr. Breus’ experience with sleep rehabilitation began in his clinical advisory days.

Little did he know, one of his typical psychology appointments would spark a lifelong interest in sleep and its effects on mental health and physical performance. 

Since then, he has published three bestselling books on sleep, including one of the hallmarks of modern sleep science, “The Power of When”.

This book explores his major contribution to sleep science, which are chronotypes or the varying circadian rhythms specific to the individual. 

With more than 14 years of experience as a sleep researcher, Dr. Breus understands exactly what good sleep entails, and exactly how to get there.

He’s routinely asked for advice by brands like SleepScore Max and Advil PM to optimize their own sleep products. 

Although Dr. Breus has many resources available for the average Joe, joining the Mindvalley platform as the resident sleep expert is definitely giving a lot more people to discover (or maybe even rediscover) what good sleep should feel like.

With some online classes, you sometimes get the feeling that there might be someone more suitable teaching this class; this is not the case with the Sleep Doctor.

Everything You Get With The Mastery of Sleep Quest

The Mastery of Sleep is a five-hour quest spread over twenty eight days. You can get this quest for $449 for solo digital access or as part of the $599 a year all Access Pass.

I absolutely recommend getting the All Access Pass because it’s way cheaper and with it you get to access Mindvalley’s incredible library of courses. 

You can expect the following when you enroll in the course:

  • Lifetime access to The Mastery of Sleep Quest. This means any time Mindvalley adds new resources or updates the curriculum, you’ll be able to revisit it and take the course all over again whenever you want
  • Seamless digital access through the Mindvalley app
  • Digital access through your PC, tablet, desktop devices, as well as Apple TV
  • 30 days of coaching by Dr. Breus
  • Weekly, progressive lessons teaching you everything you need to know about sleep 
  • A worksheet in the form of a sleep tracker to help you understand your sleep health, sleep cycle, and your progress towards getting a better life’s sleep 

If you enroll in the class today, you get bonus content in the form of 4 pre-recorded group coaching calls with Dr. Breus.

These Q&As are a great way to learn more about the course and Dr. Breus in a more intimate setting. 

The quest is divided into four parts. Each week you’ll learn something new and exciting about sleep, and how you can change your relationship with yours.

Part 1: Sleep 101

Part 1 is all about understanding the basics of sleep.

The idea that sleep contributes to your health and physique goals more than just diet and exercise is a real eye-opener. 

If you’re not really set on sleep science as a whole, this introductory week gives you a clear understanding of what it entails, and how to reframe our common beliefs on sleep in order to get more out of it.

In week one, Dr. Breus already gets to the point and introduces a new routine students can follow in the evenings to facilitate a longer, deeper sleep at night. 

Part 2: Your New Direction

Part two was interesting because it’s not something we really think about when we think about sleep.

Part two focuses on your environment, specifically your bedroom, and what adjustments you can make to improve the quality of your sleep. 

Part two is all about developing habits and learning about the physical cues (AKA your senses) that could trigger sleep.

Dr. Breus’ approach to sleep is really holistic since he talks about getting a full night’s sleep, as well as what to do to recharge on nights you pull an all-nighter. 

Part 3: Your Mind & Body

Around part three, you should have already settled into your night routine and made some change into your sleeping habits.

Don’t worry if you don’t feel like you’ve made amazing improvements at this point; you can always refer to your sleep tracker to understand what’s working and what isn’t, and how small improvements in your sleep count towards your overall progress. 

Part three is particularly interesting because Dr. Breus presents sleep in the context of your lifestyle.

In this part of the quest, you’ll learn about proper caffeine intake, which foods to eat to get a boost of energy, and how to strategize physical activity to get the most out of your sleep. 

Part 4: Sleep Robbers & Solutions 

The quest culminates with actionable advice on how to consistently preserve your mastery of sleep.

In part four, Dr. Breus anticipates common roadblocks to sleep and wraps up the course with practical steps on how to avoid it. 

One of the most significant parts of part four is all about creating your own personalized sleep routine.

This ensures that everything you’ve learned in the quest and that all the habits you’ve come to form remain long after you finish the quest.

There’s no better way to end the quest and it really feels like you’re embarking on a lifelong change from here on out. 

Is The Mastery of Sleep Quest Worth It? 

As I said, I never really thought about my sleep; it pretty much just happens when it happens, though sometimes not at all.

I finally got tired of feeling tired in the morning after many years of developing poor pre-sleep habits and I finally feel like I’m starting to unlearn them with The Mastery of Sleep.

Every review I’ve read talks about different results so what worked for me might not work for you.

I’m still not sure what I expected going into the quest but what I can say is that it’s definitely set me up for success sleep-wise, to the point that I no longer rely on melatonin to regulate my sleeping.

One of my main takeaways with this quest is my sleeping chronotype.

It’s ironic that in such a sleep-deprived society, we also have an unexplainable obsession with sleeping, specifically getting 8 hours of sleep to the point that getting any less or more feels like a sin.

The Mastery of Sleep debunks this myth and teaches you how to listen to your body because there is no “magic number”; your body has its own circadian rhythm that can essentially be “hacked” to give you the best kind of sleep. 

The changes were gradual; you don’t wake up overnight and feel absolutely refreshed.

I had to work out some kinks and I feel like the workbook definitely made me aware of my sleeping robbers way faster than if I had been guessing on my own.

I’m sleeping better now, sure, but the benefit that I’m most excited about is just how refreshed I feel the next day.

I honestly haven’t felt this energized in years.

I was never a coffee drinker but I feel like I’m a lot more awake and active than my coworkers and friends who routinely take coffees and energy drinks. 

It’s amazing to think about how making such a small improvement on your life (sleeping better) can completely change your quality of life.

Dr. Breus and The Mastery of Sleep quest show you how multilayered sleep really is, and how it’s an active process, much like everything that concerns our biology.

Calling sleep a process might sound like a stretch but all your sleep really is is a series of good and bad decisions.

Do you use the computer 10 minutes before bed or not at all? Do you nap in the day and forfeit an easier time sleeping?

If so, what is the best way to make sure you don’t miss out on a good night’s sleep?

The best part about the Mastery of Sleep is that it converts this seemingly complicated process into a system.

You don’t have to worry about obsessively tracking your sleep every single day for the rest of your life because your body learns it eventually. 

Do I recommend the quest? I definitely do.

You’re only trading a couple minutes a day for the most restful sleep you’ll ever have in your life.

And even if you’re hypothetically some sort of sleep expert just like Dr. Breus, there is a lot you can pick up from the quest regarding sleep and its effects on your well-being.