Sleep: Ancient slumber; Sleepy babies

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Guests: Jerome Siegel, Andrea Elovson, Lisa Meltzer

On today’s Radio Times, Paleolithic sleep and not-so-sleepy babies. We may imagine that before the industrial revolution and the incandescent light, people slept all night long, tucking themselves in when the sun went down and waking up to its rise. But, it turns out our ancestors slept even less than most of us do today. This hour, we’ll talk about the sleep patterns of hunter-gatherers and what they tell us about our own nocturnal habits with UCLA psychiatry professor JEROME SIEGEL. Then, there’s nothing cuter then a sleeping baby but getting them into a state of slumber can be a challenge. Marty talks about babies, sleep and sleeplessness with ANDREA ELOVSON, a Philadelphia sleep consultant and LISA MELTZER, associate professor of pediatrics at National Jewish Health.

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