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University of Iowa neurologist weighs in on the latest sleep research and shares tips for improving sleep

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

Learn from University of Iowa neurologist Dr. Eric Dyken how sleep helps process emotions, why lack of sleep can lead to eye damage, and the impact climate change may have on the quality of sleep.

The brain triages emotions during dream sleep. It consolidates the storage of positive emotions while dampening negative emotions.

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer discusses this and other new sleep research with neurologist Dr. Eric Dyken of the University of Iowa and the VA Hospital Sleep Laboratory. Kieffer and Dr. Dyken also hear sleep experiences from listeners – good, bad, and dreamy - and answer questions about how to achieve a better night’s rest.


Dr. Eric Dyken, professor of Neurology at the University of Iowa and director of the Iowa City VA Hospital Sleep Laboratory

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Zachary Oren Smith is a reporter covering Eastern Iowa
Samantha McIntosh is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio. Prior to IPR, Samantha worked as a reporter for radio stations in southeast and west central Iowa under M&H Broadcasting, and before that she was a weekend music host for GO 96.3 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.