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In 2020, Even Your Sleeping Brain May Be Stressed Out

Gregory Pappas
Stressful situations including the pandemic and election may impact the quality of your sleep more than you realize, researcher Eric Dyken says.

Stress has been high in 2020, impacting the way we live and, for many, even how we sleep.

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by sleep researcher Dr. Eric Dyken for a look at how the pandemic and other stressful situations may impact sleep. Dyken also takes sleep questions from listeners across the state.


  • Dr. Eric Dyken, director of the Iowa City VA Hospital Sleep Laboratory


Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa