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Your Call: What are the public health implications of insufficient sleep?

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Sleeping to dream

On today’s Your Call we talk about the health effects of long-term sleep loss and what role race and economics play.

Sleep deprivation is linked to chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and most recently Alzheimer's. Recent research has also associated impaired sleep with disparate health outcomes between racial ethnic minorities. The CDC says insufficient sleep is a “public-health epidemic,” but are we treating the problem as seriously as we should? 


Lauren Hale, PhD, is Associate Professor of Family, Population, and Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University, where she serves as a Core Faculty member of the Program in Public Health.  

Richard Stevens, PhD, is a cancer epidemiologist and Professor at the University of Connecticut Medical School. 

Bryce Mander, PhD, a Post doctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology at University of California Berkeley.

Web Resources:

Healthy People.gov: Sleep Health  

CDC: Insufficient Sleep is a Public Health Epidemic

Sleep Review Mag