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Featured #Podcast of the Week: Freakanomics Radio – The Economics of Sleep PT 1

This section of our site is called “Featured Podcast of the Week”.

With so many podcasts that are out there these days, I thought I’d make it easier for you to find great content by featuring an episode from many of the great podcasts out there.

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The podcast for today isFreakanomics Radio.


Here’s the Description of  the “Freakanomics Radio” Podcast


Freakonomics Radio began in 2010. Among our most popular episodes to date:Do More Expensive Wines Taste Better?,” “Is College Really Worth It?,” andHow Much Does the President of the U.S. Really Matter?You can subscribe via iTunes (where Freakonomics Radio occasionally hits the No. 1 ranking) or read our podcast user’s guide for people who don’t use iTunes or an iPhone.

Here is their Description of This Episode

Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “The Economics of Sleep, Part 1″ (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above. You can also read the transcriptwhich includes credits for the music you’ll hear in the episode.)

It’s well-established that a lack of sleep can impair our cognitive function. Sleep loss has also been linked to adverse physical outcomes like weight gain and, increasingly, more serious maladies. Is it possible that lack of sleep can even explain the income gap?

Those are just a few of the issues we try to figure out in this episode. But because sleep is such a big and interesting topic – and, let’s face it, it’s also kind of weird, the fact that our bodies shut down entirely for roughly a third of our lives – we are actually making two episodes about sleep. The second one will be released next week.

Why you will want to listen to it:

There have been a lot of articles that I’ve seen recently about how a lack of sleep can be bad for your health. This episode sheds some interesting light on these “facts”.

Here’s why I think you’ll want to listen…


  • You’ll discover some surprising truth about sleep
  • That sleep might be one of the hidden factors that negatively impact African-American’s health
  • That teenagers might actually be sleeping more than before
  • It debunks some of the myths of sleep
  • The truth about whether a lack of sleep really is bad for your health
  • You’ll discover the tool they are now trying to use to discover people’s real sleep patterns
  • You’ll learn if it’s true that people with higher education and higher income get more or less sleep than others
  • You’ll learn the truth about how much sleep parents lose when their children are young
  • The little-discussed truth about whether too much sleep can be bad for your health
  • Some “sleep hygiene” recommendations from the National Sleep Foundation that can help you to get better sleep
  • And more

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