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Lauren Hale

Sleep Explorer

Lauren is an Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Program in Public Health at Stony Brook University. She is also a board member of the National Sleep Foundation and the editor of Sleep Health: The Journal of the National Sleep Foundation. She has a three-year-old and a newborn and wishes she got more sleep.

Articles written by Lauren Hale

Screenless Nights

There’s nothing like the threat of being publically shamed to motivate changing one’s behaviors A few months ago, Stephen Dubner from Freakonomics Radio interviewed me for one of his popular podcasts exploring behavioral economics.   Expecting to discuss my research, I found myself engaged in in a conversation about my own personal bedtime routines.  I reluctantly shared that, for me, a typical night included looking at my iPhone at bedtime, in the middle of the night while nursing my infant, and…

Don’t Let Post-Partum Zombies Eat Your ZZZ’s

  A humorous look at the trials and tribulations of new parenthood The past few months my house has been filled with zombies.  My three-year-old learned about zombies right around Halloween, and since then, as part of his bedtime routine, he has been inventing stories about them.  Zombies coughing. Zombies fighting. Zombies marching. Zombies fishing. And, of course, zombies eating brains. I’m not sure why zombies appeal to him so much. Maybe it’s because they shuffle around and grunt. Maybe it’s because…