"This idea of sacrificing sleep for academics is an oxymoron," says neurologist Helene Emsellem. "We learn during sleep, so we need to sleep to learn."
After Michelle Trudeau's story The Other Big Deficit: Many Teens Fall Short On Sleep aired on Morning Edition on Monday, we asked listeners to submit questions on teens and sleep. We received dozens of questions and posed some of them to a panel of sleep experts. Their responses, edited for brevity and clarity, are below.
Helene Emsellem, neurologist at George Washington University and medical director of the Center for Sleep and Wake Disorders
Politicians have been focusing much of their attention on cutting the deficit but with a struggling economy and high unemployment, some wonder if Washington is listening to voters or manipulating them.
Ruy Teixeirais a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund
From the Ryan plan, to the Obama plan, to the Gang of Six (now five), deficit mania has officially taken over Washington. Both Republicans and Democrats, while they have different preferred approaches, are single-mindedly focused on cutting budget deficits and relieving the long-term debt situation of the country. Yet unemployment remains at 9 percent and the modest economic recovery that's underway has shown signs of sputtering. What explains this dramatic disjuncture?
The surgery Wednesday to put a patch on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' skull went as planned and the Arizona Democrat is "recovering well," according to officials at the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. That's the Houston hospital where she is getting rehabilitation treatment for the gunshot wound she suffered during a Jan.