Press Release

Poor Sleep Schedule Can Affect Hormone Health

August 28, 2014

Washington, DC—As summer draws to a close, students need to rise earlier to make it to classes on time. This seasonal adjustment can leave students and parents alike short of sleep. If it persists, long-term sleep loss can even contribute to increased risk of obesity and diabetes.

Endocrine Society member Orfeu M. Buxton, an expert on sleep, health and metabolism, is available to offer comment on many aspects of this issue, including:

  • When college students pull an all-nighter, what impact does that have on sleep health and metabolism?
  • How does late-night exposure to laptops, tablets and other electronic devices students may use to study affect their ability to get a good night’s sleep?
  • What impact can sleep deficiency have on weight and metabolism over time?
  • Is there an optimum amount of sleep to aim for to improve performance in the workplace or school?
  • What kinds of interventions can help people get the sleep they need?

WHO: Orfeu M. Buxton, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Department of Biobehavioral Health, Penn State University
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School Associate Neuroscientist, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health

WHAT: Dr. Buxton can offer practical tips on adjusting to the fall schedule and provide insights into how sleep and lack of sleep impact overall health.

CONTACT: To schedule interviews, please contact Jenni Glenn Gingery at jgingery@endocrine.org or 202.971.3655.

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Endocrinologists are at the core of solving the most pressing health problems of our time, from diabetes and obesity to infertility, bone health, and hormone-related cancers. The Endocrine Society is the world’s oldest and largest organization of scientists devoted to hormone research and physicians who care for people with hormone-related conditions.

The Society has more than 18,000 members, including scientists, physicians, educators, nurses and students in 122 countries. To learn more about the Society and the field of endocrinology, visit our site at www.endocrine.org. Follow us on Twitter at @TheEndoSociety and @EndoMedia.


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Colleen Williams Manager, Public Relations Phone: (202)-971-3611 cwilliams@endocrine.org

Jenni Glenn Gingery Associate Director, Communications and Media Relations Phone: (202)-971-3655 jgingery@endocrine.org

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