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Week: 603.5

Guest: Dr. John Herman, sleep specialist, Univ. of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas

Topic: When to get sleep help

Host/Producer: Steve Girard


NEMA: When to get help with sleep...coming up...

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NEMA: Many of us have problems getting to sleep, or not sleeping well. Most of these problems can be solved by changing your wake time, so you fall asleep at the right time the next night. But when will you know to take your sleep problem to your doctor...?

HERMAN: The main thing to look for is excessive daytime sleeping. When a person finds himself unable to concentrate, unable to get the job done...there’s something wrong in their mind that isn’t functioning properly during the day. They feel very tired, sleepy, washed out...they are falling asleep during the day...anything like that - they need help. Sleep should be restorative, people should wake up feeling refreshed. And wakefulness should be with an alert feeling, and if wakefulness is compromised, then sleep isn’t good enough. On the other hand, if somebody is sleeping two hours a night, and feels fine all day long, that’s okay. There is no required amount of sleep...only enough sleep to make you feel rested and refreshed.

NEMA: Dr. Herman says taking a mid-afternoon siesta is perfectly natural...it fits in with our circadian rhythms. I’m Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.


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