Several studies published in the September issue of SLEEP received extensive coverage from media outlets such as ABC, CNN, Reuters and UPI.  The study “Insomnia with short sleep duration and mortality: the Penn State Cohort” received attention from National Geographic, which reports that the results may change how doctors view insomnia. Principal investigator Alexandros N. Vgontzas, MD, will discuss the study on the Sept. 3, 2010, radio broadcast of “Science Friday” on NPR.  You can listen live online from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT. 

ABC Science in Australia examined the study “Short sleep duration in prevalent and persistent psychological distress in young adults: the DRIVE study,” reporting that young adults who get inadequate sleep are at risk for mental illness. The Boston Globe focused on “The association of sleep duration with adolescents’ fat and carbohydrate consumption,” emphasizing that sleep should be a part of obesity prevention programs.

Health reporter Dr. John Torres discussed all three studies for NBC Channel 9 news in Denver, Colo. Watch the report online.