Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A pair of new sleep studies -- one from Penn State and one from a European medical society -- have corroborated what clinicians at Strong Memorial Hospital’s Sleep Center said are already cornerstones of their medical practice.

The research findings can be summed up pretty simply: Screens (like those on laptops, tablets and smartphones) inhibit sleep, and exercise improves it.


When you think about the keys to good health, you probably think of diet and exercise -- but what about sleep? Scientists say getting the recommended amount of sleep is the most effective way to stay healthy. Plus, research shows that a consistent lack of sleep can increase your risk of developing diseases that can lead to early death. So, in a society that often labels sleep as unproductive, how do we create better sleep?

We talk about a range of sleep-related topics with our guests:

  • Dr. Heidi Connolly, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong
  • Beth Hoh, licensed clinical social worker at University of Rochester Medical Center, and member of URMC’s Sleep Disorders Clinic

Connections: Healthy Friday - Insomnia

Jun 19, 2015

Most of us know we’re not getting enough sleep at night. Busy schedules, the ever-present lure of mobile devices and TV screens, a noisy city out the window – all of those things conspire to keep us from getting to bed as early as we should or sleeping as late as we’d like to. But what happens when you get under the covers and you still just can’t fall asleep? We talk with Dr. Alice Hoagland from Rochester Regional Health System about insomnia: why it happens, what we’ve learned about it, and how to get it under control for a good night’s sleep.

In this hour, the nation's largest organization of pediatricians has released new recommendations on school start times. For middle and high school, they're drawing a red line: no earlier than 8:30 a.m. That's because doctors say there's an epidemic of sleep loss in the teen population. But is 8:30 a.m. realistic? How would it impact schools? We discuss it with Heidi Connolly, chief of Pediatric Sleep Medicine at Golisano Children's Hospital.

Parents know that newborns can be rough sleepers. But if your child is not sleeping well by six months, some trained experts say there is a sleep disorder. So what does the research say -- what works? What can parents do differently? We pose these questions to our two guests: Adriana Lozada, sleep consultantAndréa Evans, one of Adriana's clients