If you’re feeling tired you’re not alone. Americans are so sleep deprived that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared insufficient sleep a national “public health epidemic”. Inadequate sleep carries both short- and long- term consequences. On HEALTH LINK we examine why we don't sleep well, what that means to our overall health and how to finally get the zzz's you crave. Plus a look at light therapy to help older adults with a particular type of sleep disorder.
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Aaron Sher, MD
Dr. Aaron Sher is a Sleep Medicine Specialist in practice with Capital Region Otolaryngology Head and Neck Group. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Albany Medical College.
Patricia A. Fennell, MSW, LCSW-R
Patricia Fennell is a social worker specializing in the effect of chronic illness. Through her practice at Albany Health Management Associates, Inc. she is conducting a pilot project measuring physical capacities, particularly sleep, that impact learning, working and lifestyle. One aspect of the project involves elementary school children here in the Capital District (and Africa). They are teaching the children through a mindful data collection process how to modify sleep habits for themselves, and those around them. They are expanding the project to include their “Monday Night Sleep Club” protocol with the kids. The protocol will support good sleep hygiene for the individual, their families, and classmates.
Dr. Mariana Figueiro, PhD
Dr. Mariana Figueiro is a Lighting Researcher with the RPI Lighting Research Center. Her areas of expertise include the effects of light on sleep, effects of light on alertness and lighting for older adults.
Dr. Christopher Maestro, DMD
Dr. Christopher Maestro is a Restorative Dentist and member of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry - Children's Sleep Problems
American Sleep Apnea Association
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Helpguide’s Sleeping Well As You Age: Healthy Sleep Habits for Seniors
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
University of Michigan Health System – Sleep Problems in Children and Adolescents
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