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Health Three60 “Sleepless in Kentucky” examines sleep issues, ways to improve quality of rest

For Release: 2014-08-04 16:11:00

KET’s health-and-wellness program Health Three60 launches its fourth season with a look at sleep deprivation and its effects. In “Sleepless in Kentucky,” host Renee Shaw and guests examine the many potential health risks of insufficient sleep and steps people can take to ensure better sleep quality. The program airs Monday, Aug. 25 at 10/9 pm on KET.

The program includes three 20-minute segments. The first segment, “The Price of Sleep Debt,” examines the scientifically documented links between sleep deprivation and chronic health issues including weight gain, diabetes, heart attack, cancer, anxiety and more. The segment provides an overview of the latest research on causes of insufficient sleep — including the increased use of screen-based technology, especially by children and teens. Experts will provide research about the impact of this technology on sleep and will provide recommendations for managing screen time to maximize sleep.

The second segment, “Inside a Sleep Clinic,” features a panel of experts discussing sleep disorders, what to expect during a sleep study and how doctors diagnosis and treat sleep apnea. Dr. Egambaram Senthilvel, a University of Louisville pediatric sleep specialist, and Jay McGuire, manager of the University of Louisville Physicians Sleep Center, are featured in the segment.

The final segment, “Getting Smart about Sleep,” examines ways that policy makers can help citizens’ efforts to get more and better sleep by implementing later school start times for older adolescents, creating overtime policies that support adequate rest in the workplace and more.

Shaw’s in-studio guests include:

• Phillip W. Bale, MD, Glasgow Primary Care
• Barbara Phillips, MD, MSPH, professor and medical director of University of Kentucky Sleep Laboratory
• Mohamed A. Saad, MD, director of University of Louisville Physicians Sleep Center.

Health Three60 is a KET production, produced by Laura Krueger. The program is funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Contact: Todd Piccirilli



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