Penn Sleep in the News

  • Why We're So Exhausted If We're Spending More Time in Bed May 22, 2024

    New research shows that while Americans are sleeping more, they are generally less rested. Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, professor of Sleep and Chronobiology in Psychiatry, said that technology like fitness trackers have made us more aware of many previously unknown sleep problems, and that work tends to peel away hours otherwise meant for sleep. Tags: bloomberg sleep_medicine chronobiology psychiatry mathias_basner top_tier expert_opinion EH fy24 2024 Q4 May

  • Americans Are Sleeping More Than Ever April 30, 2024

    Though Americans are now sleeping more than at any point in the past two decades, sleep quality is just as important as quantity. Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, professor of Sleep and Chronobiology in Psychiatry, compared sleeping continuously through the different cycles of sleep to running a washing machine. If you don’t go through the full cycles of sleep you won’t be “fully recuperated,” much like how if you stop your washing machine in the middle of a cycle, your laundry won’t be clean. Tags: washington_post top_tier mathias_basner sleep_medicine chronobiology psychiatry EH FY24 2024 Q4 April

  • Why Seeing a Doctor Takes So Long — and How to Get Health Care When You Need It April 24, 2024

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  • Tips for Scheduling a Doctor's Appointment Sooner April 24, 2024

    In pieces accompanying a story on the national and local trends in wait times for patients to see their doctors, Charles Bae, MD, MHCI, an associate professor of Sleep Medicine and Neurology, and Philynn Hepschmidt, a vice president of Patient Access, provided advice for patients on what could help them get attention as quickly and efficiently as possible. That included messaging doctors through patient portals, receiving referrals through a primary care physician for specialist visits, and potentially taking part in group appointments. Tags: FO communications_placement Philadelphia_Magazine regional_philadelphia phillyn_hepschmidt charles_bae sleep_medicine innovation fy24 2024 April q4 neurology

  • Turning Down the Noise Around You Improves Health in Many Ways April 17, 2024

    A lot of people think they sleep soundly despite nearby noise, but they should think again. Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, professor of Sleep and Chronobiology in Psychiatry, has exposed hundreds of people to noise during sleep studies, finding that many would get up in the morning believing they’d slept through the night without waking, but the data showed they’d had num­er­ous awakenings. Tags: scientific_american mathias_basner sleep_medicine psychiatry expert_opinion EH FY24 2024 Q4 April

  • 8 Possible Reasons Why You Wake up Tired (Even After a Full Night of Rest) April 11, 2024

    Getting regular physical activity is among many ways to get better sleep, according to Jennifer R. Goldschmied, PhD, an assistant professor of Psychiatry. “Exercise can be a great way to help you feel more alert, both in the morning and during periods of the day when alertness naturally decreases,” she said. Tags: peloton sleep_medicine jennifer_goldschmied psychiatry EH fy24 2024 April Q4

  • Should I Take Supplements to Sleep? What Experts Think April 11, 2024

    Over-the-counter medications can offer temporary relief for sleep troubles but shouldn't be used on a regular basis. Indira Gurubhagavatula, MD, MPH, an associate professor of Sleep Medicine, shared that insomnia is just a warning light. “Any time you feel like you can’t address it by yourself, reach out to a health care provider around you," she said. Tags: time indira_gurubhagavatula sleep_medicine supplements EH fy24 2024 Q4 April

  • What to Know About Melatonin Use and Kids April 09, 2024

    Synthetic forms of melatonin have grown in popularity to aid sleep, but experts urge caution in using it as a "first line sleep aid" for children. Ilene M. Rosen, MD, an associate professor of Sleep Medicine, advocates practicing proven bedtime routine behaviors, adhering to the same bedtime each night, and for children and adults to avoid "bright lights and electronics in the bedroom in order to allow the body’s natural production of melatonin to take effect and promote sleep." Tags: usa_today ilene_rosen sleep_medicine melatonin EH FY24 2024 Q4 April top_tier

  • How Lack of Sleep Affects Memory March 28, 2024

    An interview with Indira Gurubhagavatula, MD, MPH, an associate professor of Sleep Medicine, is cited on how sleep impacts our memory and cognitive function, such as difficulties in recalling information and increased irritability or anxiety. Gurubhagavatula added that "sleep is not a passive process." Tags: counsel_and_heal sleep_medicine indira_gurubhagavatula memory EH FY24 2024 Q3 March

  • The Antidepressant Effects of Sleep Deprivation in the Brain March 27, 2024

    Last summer, Philip Gehrman, PhD, an associate professor of clinical Psychology in Psychiatry, published a study that provides further evidence for the phenomenon of improved moods in depressed patients after a night without sleep. Gehrman warned that none of us—especially those suffering from depression—should try to self-medicate by pushing through until dawn. However, he says his findings could help scientists identify other forms of therapy for the condition, which is so difficult to treat. Tags: nautilus philip_gehrman sleep_medicine psychology psychiatry depression EH FY24 2024 Q3 March

  • Exploring the Best CPAP Alternatives March 18, 2024

    A dental device is one of the primary alternatives to CPAP machines in helping those diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) get more comfortable sleep, according to Richard Schwab, MD, chief of Sleep Medicine. They can also be used with CPAP to help make severe obstructive sleep apnea milder. Tags: Consumer_Reports richard_schwab cpap sleep_apnea sleep_medicine EH fy24 2024 March Q3

  • Balinese Tradition of Nyepi Put Spotlight on Impact of Noise on Stress March 06, 2024

    A new museum in Bali helps travelers understand the Balinese tradition of Nyepi, when work, travel, and the use of electric lights are banned. The departure from the constant din of noise in today's world can help to ease what can be interpreted as a stressor. Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, professor of Sleep and Chronobiology in Psychiatry, added that "this will initiate increased levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline in the blood that can increase the risk for heart attacks and strokes." Tags: national_geographic mathias_basner sleep_medicine chronobiology psychiatry EH FY24 2024 March Q3

  • Why We're Built for Sleep and How to Get More of It March 04, 2024

    When we sleep, our bodies continue to work on our behalf, similar to maintenance crews may clean and restock a building after a day's use. Indira Gurubhagavatula, MD, MPH, an associate professor of Sleep Medicine, shared some of the processes behind removing the metabolic waste generated during the day to prepare us when we wake up. Tags: whyy indira_gurubhagavatula the_connection regional_philadelphia sleep_medicine EH FY24 2024 Q3 March

  • Tips for Easing Into Daylight Saving Time March 01, 2024

    The shift to Daylight Saving Time can impact mood for some but can also contribute to other issues. Ilene M. Rosen, MD, an associate professor of Sleep Medicine, added that there's an increase of fatal motor vehicle crashes on top of increased crashes. "So that's one risk," she said, noting that "another one is cardiovascular events, more heart attacks, more strokes." Tags: 6abc ilene_rosen sleep_medicine daylight_saving_time EH FY24 2024 Q3 March

  • Black Adults Suffer From Sleep Problems Following News of Unarmed Black Individuals Killed by Police February 16, 2024

    Black adults across the United States suffer from sleep problems following exposure to news about unarmed Black individuals killed by police during police encounters, according to research led by Atheendar S. Venkataramani, MD, PhD, an associate professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. The issue may compound the risk factors that poor sleep already poses for many chronic and mental health conditions, from depression to post traumatic stress disorder. Tags: Patient_Daily atheendar_venkataramani sleep_medicine medical_ethics_and_health_policy race communications_placement press_release FY24 2024 eh February Q3