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Sleep: a Wake-Up Call - 90.3 WCPN ideastream

- a new kind of partnership -

ideastream in collaboration with NetWellness and other multimedia partners presents Sleep: a Wake-Up Call

NetWellness and ideastream are partnering to bring more understanding to the health and medical issues you care about. Launched in 1995, NetWellness is a consumer information website from Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati. ideastream is a non-profit public broadcasting organization including WVIZ/PBS, 90.3 WCPN, WCLV and other educational and public service media. Sleep: a Wake-Up Call is part of ideastream’s ongoing multiple-media coverage on important health issues presented in collaboration with The Plain Dealer and NetWellness. Through this partnership, you will be able to explore ideastream’s programs as NetWellness puts in-depth information at your fingertips.

Stories From Sleep: a Wake-Up Call from 90.3 WCPN ideastream

The United States faces a national sleep deficit and it's getting worse. The Center for Disease Control calls insufficient sleep an epidemic that's affecting our health, safety, mood and efficiency. It has links to high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity, anger and more. Most adults need 7 1/2 to 8 hours sleep each night and teens need 9 hours. But two-thirds of Americans who responded to a survey earlier this year by the National Sleep Foundation said their sleep needs are not being met; 43% say they "rarely or never get a good night's sleep on weeknights." Why? Among the causes: the pervasive use of communications technology in the hour before bed, alcohol use and the lack of regularity in sleep schedules.

What can be done? Sleep: A Wake-Up Call is a multiple media exploration of sleep and why many of us don't get enough of it. This special coverage will examine everything from shift-work to sleep walking, snoring to cat-naps, dreaming to insomnia, and look at the brain and body to understand what exactly happens in and to our bodies when we are sleeping.

Animal Sleep
Parasomnias
Sleep and Children
The Nap
Sleep and Work
Dreams

In-Depth Reports


Animal Sleep

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All mammals share the same fundamental sleep cycle. Here various animals are profiled at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo & their sleep needs/patterns compared with humans. Dr. Kristen Lukas is the Zoo's Curator of Conservation and Science Division, and she teaches animal behavior science at Case Western Reserve University. She visits animals with interesting sleep habits and is joined along the way by CWRU graduate student Grace Fuller who works with nocturnal primates at the zoo.

Parasomnias

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Walking, talking, eating, sex - all normal activities to engage in...but what if you're asleep? Parasomnias are strange behaviors that happen during sleep, and they include everything from sleepwalking to night terrors to acting out your dreams. Dr. Brian Koo, a neurologist at University Hospitals of Cleveland, specializes in sleep disorders and will explain the wide variety of parasomnias patients can experience and what type of treatment is available. Anthony (Tony) Paul Gialluca from Canton, OH, is a patient of Dr. Koo's at the VA. He has REM sleep behavior disorder, a condition in which he acts out his dreams. This has lead to bodily harm to himself and it has impacted his relationships as well. We will also speak with Sharon Whipple from Tallmadge, Ohio, about a curious parasomnia: "sleepsex."

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Sleep and Children (Eric Wellman)

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According to the National Sleep Foundation, 69% of children experience one or more sleep problems a few nights or more during a week. Several studies indicate that children who don't get enough sleep are more apt to have weight problems, and poor sleep may be a factor in aggressive behavior among kids. According to new research by the University of Michigan Medical School, it was found that children who bully other kids are more likely to be sleepy during the day.

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The Nap

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Here learn more about the science of napping. Many cultures take an afternoon siesta, or midday nap, and this type of practice can be beneficial to our well-being and productivity. One local company in Beachwood developed the PowerNap CD which guides the listener through a 20 minute nap. Talk with the product developer and someone who uses the PowerNap on a daily basis. Learn the answer the question of when, why and how to "nap well." Hear from MetroHealth sleep medicine specialist Dr. Joseph Golish and Case Western Reserve University Professor Elizabeth Click, who teaches work and health issues at the School of Nursing.

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The Sound of Ideas


Sleep and Work

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Here explore the increasing tension between work-related stresses and schedules, and getting the recommended amount of sleep.

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Dreams

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Why do we dream? There is not a universally accepted biological definition of dreaming yet the scientific study of dreams has a name: it is known as oneirology. Learn more about dreaming...the who, what, when and how, and examine dream analysis and interpretation. Find out of there is any real science behind this or are people being bamboozled?

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Last Reviewed: Feb 24, 2014

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