[L: Children’s National Medical Center Director of Sleep Medicine Dr. Judith Owens. R: Sleep study patient Mason Brock, 5, who said “I snore like an engine on top of a car.”]
To sleep, perchance to actually sleep! This quirky little shoot took me to the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. where kids are hooked up to monitors which help screen for sleep disorders. Such studies are not new, but they are increasing in popularity. I remember a two-year stretch in elementary school where I got maybe 3 hours of sleep nightly on average and then later, in my teen years, having to wake up far too early to go to school. I was exhausted for most of my childhood. It’s only in recent years that medical science has borne out what I always just knew to be true: poor sleep messed up my beleaguered developing brain. I mean, I grew up to be a photojournalist and that must have something to do with a stunted judgement center, right? Check out the story here.This is what a sleep disruption looks like. Mason plays with his wrestlers. The kid shut his eyes, but stayed up pretty late. We watched him not sleep on a remote monitor where nurses checked his status throughout the night.