In North America alone, there are about 100 million people with sleep issues. Maybe you're one of them. Every week, veteran broadcaster Neil Hedley sits down with celebrities, high achievers and the world's top neuroscientists to try and find answers to his own 30-year battle with sleep issues in the hope that he might find an answer that works for you, too.
COVIDsomnia – How It’s Hurting Adults & Kids Alike
COVIDsomnia is its own special brand of sleep disorder, brought on in one way or another by COVID-19. Sleep experts say it’s not only the physical toll the virus is taking on the people who’ve been infected. It’s also keeping people awake at night with worry about whether they or their loved ones will get sick, too.
Joining us this week: Dr. Lynelle Schneeberg (Yale, CCMC) and Dr. Seema Khosla (North Dakota Centre for Sleep).
The REM Sleep You're Not Getting Could Be Killing You
Maybe the headline is a little sensationalized; but the data don't lie. Dr. Eileen Leary joins the show this week to talk about a fascinating look at nearly ten thousand people, that points to a reduction in REM sleep as a risk factor for mortality.
One of the things that's fascinating about this data is that Eileen tried - repeatedly - to come up with another way to explain what she found. Instead, she can quantify the risk of all-cause mortality that you sign up for when you don't get enough REM sleep.
Tracking My Sleep: Forget Everything I've Ever Said
Dr. Seema Khosla is the former chair of the Presidential Technology Committee of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. She's seen every gadget and piece of gear that’s out there, and tried several of them herself.
Last week, Seema sent me a large box, filled with sleep tracker after sleep tracker. I now have more of these gadgets myself than your average Best Buy.
We talk our way through an “unboxing” of the various devices she sent me, while we save for last the one I’m going to be using g
The Coach, The Expert and The President
You probably know her as “Sleep Coach Beth”, from her Calm And Cozy Book of Sleep, the Calm And Cozy Podcast, or her career as a sleep coach. Beth Wyatt joins the show.
ALSO: Listener email from Aimy in the UK, looking for answers about upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS). We ask arguably the world’s leading expert on sleep-disordered breathing, Dr. Atul Malhotra.
And newly-minted President-Elect of the SBSM offers perspective on sleep staging that has changed the way we think about slee
Dementia and Sleep: It's Not Just Deep Sleep That Counts
Deep sleep has traditionally been the focus of any conversation about dementia and sleep. But that's about to change, if Laura Bojarskaite has anything to say about it. Laura is working on her PhD in Oslo, Norway, with a focus on the removal of harmful waste products that accumulate in the brain.
Dementia is at the heart of Neil's journey into the sleep world to begin with. And REM sleep removes these waste products as well, according to Laura's research.
Insomnia from Two Sides: Evo Terra & Dr. Spencer Dawson
According to the My Podcast Reviews service, by Daniel J. Lewis, there are 1,429,590 valid podcasts in Apple Podcasts. The 40th podcast ever produced belonged to Evo Terra, who's been battling insomnia for 15 years, often with help from a certain herbal remedy. We talk about the impact said remedy has had on his insomnia, among other things.
Also, Dr. Spencer Dawson from Better Sleep Bloomington - a clinical psychologist specializing in Behavioral Sleep Medicine, talks apnea and paradoxical insomnia.