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There are over 88 known sleep disorders, almost all of which are manageable or treatable, yet sleep deprivation remains an epidemic in the United States, and as the body of research on the impact of sleep on physical and mental health continues to grow, so too should the urgency with which people seek help. The associations between sleep and overall health haven’t been on anyone’s radar until recently. In fact, during her time in nursing school, Terry Cralle, RN didn’t even learn about the impacts of sleep as part of the curriculum. Today, there’s a growing body of research indicating a relationship between sleep and diabetes, obesity, suicidal thoughts or tendencies, depression, substance abuse, and overall poor productivity and quality of life.

For over 22 years now, Cralle has worked in the world of sleep medicine, doing her best to educate everyone—from heads of corporations to kids in elementary schools—on the role that sleep plays in our lives. On today’s podcast, she offers a glimpse into what it’s like to be a part of sleep studies that aim to diagnose a range of sleep disorders, from REM behavior disorder which can cause people to become physically aggressive during sleep, to narcolepsy and sleep apnea. She discusses how she became involved in the world of sleep medicine, some of the misconceptions regarding sleep studies and why people are hesitant to seek help, societal influences on the perception of sleep, and more.

Tune in for the full conversation and visit http://www.terrycralle.com/ to learn more about the work she’s doing.

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