Sleep hygiene; sleep and chronic diseases; Dr Rosalinde Picard

Sleep quality is the best indicator of overall health. In a hypercaffeinated and technologically overstimulated society, more and more people report that it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain good sleep hygiene.

From adjusting the environment in which one sleeps, to how long they sleep, to evaluating the usefulness of supplements for prolonged sleep disorders, there is a lot to consider. Dr. James Maas joined us to help decipher the most important factors in getting a good night’s rest.


  • Dr. James Maas, a leading authority and international consultant on sleep and performance; CEO of Sleep for Success; Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow and Former Chair of Psychology, Professor in Education and Communication at Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar.
  • Susan Ross, a former night shift worker who continues to experience the effects of daytime sleep even after returning to the day shift.

Sleep and chronic diseases

Poor quality sleep may be symptomatic of a bigger problem. For example, many people with dementia, stroke, or autoimmune disease may experience sleep disturbances that trap them in a cycle of symptoms.

Guest: Dr. Michael Silver, professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota; internationally renowned sleep medicine expert; former president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Dr Rosalinde Picard

Patients with epilepsy are at risk of developing a condition called sudden unexplained death in epilepsy. It causes 2,750 preventable deaths in the United States each year, usually when the patient has a seizure in their sleep and suffocates. If a caregiver is aware of the seizure, they can provide first aid to keep the patient safe, but due to the nature of the illness, it can be difficult to tell if someone is having a seizure while sleeping.

Dr. Rosalind Picard has invented a wearable device that alerts patients and a designated caregiver to their seizures even at night.

Guest: Dr. Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D., FIEEE, founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab; president of the founding faculty of MIT Mind+Hand+Heart Initiative and co-founder Affectiva Inc.

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