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Are at-home sleep tests better than lab studies? A neurologist weighs in

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River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

Pets can have many positive effects on your well being, except for when it's bedtime.

River to River host Ben Kieffer catches up with sleep expert Eric Dyken on the latest research, from the varied effects cats and dogs can have on your sleep, to a study that shows a direct connection between untreated sleep apnea and cognitive problems in areas such as judgment and impulse control.

Dyken also answers listeners' sleep-related questions.


  • Dr. Eric Dyken, MD, professor of neurology, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Dani Gehr is a producer for River to River and Talk of Iowa. Dani came to Iowa from her hometown in the northwest suburbs of Chicago to attend Iowa State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, international studies and French. Before coming to IPR, Dani covered local government in Story County for the Ames Tribune and Des Moines Register.
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