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Our bodies need sleep to replenish from the mental and physical wear and tear we suffer during the day, but our 'always-on' culture is leaving us sleep-deprived. That puts us at risk for conditions from weight gain to heart attacks. We'll examine the relationship between sleep disorders and obesity and what you can do about it. Plus, we'll take a look at the sleep issues that plague seniors.

Guests

Aaron E. Sher, M.D.
Medical Director of the St. Peter’s Sleep Center in Albany, N.Y.  and partner at Capital Region Otolaryngology Head and Neck Group, LLP.

Denise Whitehouse, R.R.T., S.D.S.
Registered respiratory therapist and sleep disorders specialist with Ellis Medicine's Sleep Disorders Center in Schenectady, N.Y.

Related Resources

About.com presents an article featuring advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics stressing the importance of a calm, orderly bedtime routine for children.

• The American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry presents facts for families about children’s sleep problems and how to deal with these problems.

• The American Sleep Apnea Association is dedicated to reducing injury, disability and death from sleep apnea and to enhancing the well-being of those affected by this common disorder.

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers information on how much sleep you need each night, depending on your age, as well as 'sleep hygiene.'

• Helpguide.org presents 'Sleeping Well As You Age:  Healthy Sleep Habits for Seniors.'

MedlinePlus, a service of the National Institutes of Health, offers information on sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome and narcolepsy.

• The National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to helping the public better understand the importance of sleep and the benefits of good sleep habits, and recognizing the signs of sleep problems so that they can be properly diagnosed and treated.

• The University of Michigan Health System presents information for parents on sleep problems in children and adolescents.

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