An article recently published in the New York Post has generated controversy. In a piece about parenting, Raquel Laneri writes that “some so-called parenting musts are just American nonsense.” She points to anthropologists who’ve conducted research about parenting around the world. Among other things, their findings show co-sleeping is the norm for the vast majority of parents across the globe. But, the article didn’t consult medical experts.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says infants should sleep separately from their parents to decrease the risk of sleep-related deaths. This hour, we’re joined by experts who share what the research says about co-sleeping and their recommendations for safe sleep for infants and babies. Our guests:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Murray, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics and pediatrician at Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • Dr. Steven Schulz, M.D., medical director and pediatrician at Rochester Regional Health’s Finger Lakes Medical Associates in Geneva, and medical director for Rochester Regional Health’s Monroe County pediatric medical practices

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This weekend is the transition back to Eastern Standard Time.

Moving the clock back for an extra hour of sleep is a good thing, right?

Not necessarily.

"Getting an extra hour of sleep ... that is great, initially," said Dr. Gregory Carnevale, "but our body actually thinks we're an hour behind, and it leads us to think we're not getting enough sleep or getting too much sleep, and we feel jet-lagged as a result of it."

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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