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The Sleepy Show

Special Guest: Helene A. Emsellem, M.D., Director of The Center for Sleep and Wake Disorders; Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology; Author and Primary Media Resource as a Sleep Expert

Description: I never feel rested. I’m a night-owl. I love taking long naps. I always count my sleep hours. Are any of these you? Maybe you need more sleep. Maybe you don’t. Let’s find out what kind of sleeper you are and what kind of sleep you need with Dr. Helene Emsellem, the Sleep Doc.

Duration: 41:57

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Show Index:
00:33 Who Needs Sleep?
01:19 Sleep is Important.
04:48 How Much is Needed?
09:40 Effective Sleep Habits
17:26 About the Sleep Doc
19:09 Listener: I Never Feel Rested
23:00 Listener: I am a Night Owl
27:12 Tips for Falling Asleep
30:21 Best Place to Sleep
31:43 Good & Bad Naps
38:11 Closing Comments
40:25 Closing Track: Sea Green, See Blue

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About Dr. Helene Emsellem

Helene A. Emsellem, M.D., is a nationally known sleep expert who serves as a primary media resource for the National Sleep Foundation and is a spokesperson for the Sleep in America Poll.  Dr. Emsellem is the author of Snooze… or Lose! 10 "No-War" Ways to Improve Your Teen's Sleep Habits, a book written to help teens understand the importance of sleep, and to empower them to own and improve their sleep-wake habits and schedules.

She has been featured as a sleep expert on "The Diane Rehm Show," a syndicated radio talk show; "Medical Answers," a syndicated PBS television show; "Doc in the House," a syndicated radio call-in show; "ABC Now," a cable program; "Girl Talk," a live radio call-in show in the Washington, D.C. area, and the Discovery Channel.  She is also quoted regularly in columns and articles in national publications covering health and sleep, including Redbook, Glamour, U.S. News & World Report, Scientific American, the Washington Post, Washingtonian and Cosmopolitan. Read more.

About the Book

Snooze. . . Or Lose! explains the extraordinary role that sleep plays in teens' lives and provides guidelines or helping teens get the sleep they need. Written in a lively and down-to-earth style, with lots of tips and advice from teens themselves, this book will be the go-to guide for parents and kids looking for a good night's sleep. Get it on Amazon.

An interview with Dr. Emsellem about the book and teen sleep.

Sleepy Resources

We strive each and every day to learn as much as we can about sleep so that we can share this knowledge with you. In fact, we’re obsessed with sleep. (We stay up late just thinking about it!) We believe that better sleep means a better life. And we are devoted to helping you achieve that better life by bringing you the best sleep-related advice, information and products.

The Importance of Sleep
The importance of sleep is often overlooked. There are many reasons our bodies need sleep.

How Sleep Works
If you have ever wondered about why people have to sleep or what causes dreams, then read on. In this article, you'll find out all about sleep and what it does for you.

Teens: How Much Sleep Do I Need?
The right amount of sleep is essential for anyone who wants to do well on a test or play sports without tripping over their feet. Unfortunately, though, many teens don't get enough sleep.

National Sleep Foundation
NSF is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Americans who suffer from sleep problems and disorders. This means 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.

Sleep-Related Organizations
A comprehensive list of resources brought to you by The Center for Sleep & Wake Disorders.

Listener Comment

"I'm listening to your podcast with the sleep doctor lady -- y'all are talking about how important sleep is, and how you're not supposed to "sleep in" more than an hour or so... anyway, I can't remember if I've shared with you how my alarm clock has changed my life. Some years ago, Christmas Boy bought me a sunrise clock, which wakes me slowly with LIGHT instead of a loud sound jarring me out of a deep sleep. It is wonderful and has literally changed my life, because I'm not a morning person anyway." Here are links to a few of the sunrise clocks:biobrite.com and dreamessentials.com - Submitted by Monica Ricci, Professional Organizer