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Your Sleep Disorder Questions Answered

Your Sleep Disorder Questions Answered

On 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.


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 →