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Are you one of the 100 million Americans that has trouble with sleep?
Virgil D. Wooten, MD, is the Director of the Sleep Disorders Center of Greater Cincinatti. With over 25 years of research and clinical experience, Dr. Wooten's work has covered the full range of sleep-related subject matter, from narcolepsy to insomnia and everything in between.
We are a nation of zombies. Approximately 100 million Americans are currently sleep deprived, costing the economy an estimated $100 billion in lost productivity through increases absenses, illness, and, in extreme cases, even death. If you are one of the 40 million Americans with one or more of the 80 known sleep disorders, then finding the right treatment can be... exhausting.
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moderator Your guest today is Virgil D. Wooten, MD... and our topic of the afternoon is sleep disorders.
moderator Well, since I'm the moderator, it is traditional that I grab the first
question.... and, if you don't mind, I'd love it if you could begin by describing what it is you do. What's a typical day like for you?
moderator Let's put this is perspective for a second -- how many people in the
U.S. have sleep disorders?
abstrack_WebMD What can I do to make my girlfriend stop snoring?
joyhope_WebMD How do you get diagnosed with sleep disorders? Not
just 'bad sleep' from bad days?
moderator What does it take for insomnia to be considered a clinical problem, in need of treatment?
smersh_WebMD There was some
debate recently, in News of the Weird of all places, about a man who has supposedly been up for 40
years. Is such a thing even possible?
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