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Your Sleep Disorder Questions Answered

Your Sleep Disorder Questions Answered

bedtime-2-1122196-mOn the road, at work, at school, at home, we, our friends, neighbors, co-workers, loved ones – average less than seven hours of sleep each weekday. That’s a lot of sleep-deprived Houstonians. And we’re not just tired, we’re inattentive, less productive, and it’s not good for us.

We discuss how Houstonians sleep – we’ll share what you need to know about sleep, and welcome your questions for a pair of experts on sleep and sleep disorders. From snoring and sleep apnea to sleepwalking – even sleep eating – yes, that’s a real thing.

Our guests are: Dr. Richard Castriotta, medical director of Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center’s Sleep Disorders Center and professor and director of the division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at UT Health Medical School; and Dr. Candice Alfano, Director of Sleep and Anxiety Center for Kids at the University of Houston.

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Together with our colleagues at Virtually Better, Inc., the research team at the Sleep and Anxiety Center for Kids (SACK) at UH has developed Ready, Set, Snooze! – the first on-line intervention program for children with behavioral sleep problems. This state-of-the-art program contains both child and parent modules providing sleep education and experiential rehearsal of intervention techniques in order to ensure successful real-time implementation. Embedded games also provide motivation for child participation.

They are currently recruiting 20 families with children (ages 7 to 11 years) who experience behavioral sleep problems to participate in a pilot study of Ready, Set, Snooze! Eligible families will complete the 3-week intervention program in their home on their own computer and be asked to provide feedback about the program.

Ready, Set, Snooze! is appropriate for children who:
· Have difficulty falling asleep
· Wake in the middle of the night
· Experience nighttime fears
· Avoid/refuse sleeping alone
· Delay or stall bedtime

For more information to refer families, contact Jen Cowie at (713) 743-4134 or at jmcowie@uh.edu.

About the Author

Michael Hagerty

Michael HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →