New Therapy Wants People Who Have Trouble Sleeping To Sleep Less

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There is a new kind of sleep therapy aimed at people who wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep.

The new therapy says, instead of drugs, if you want to sleep more, try sleeping less.

“When I go to bed I would start, OK, I have eight hours, and then an hour goes by. OK, I only have seven hours, then six and then it’s the morning,” said Megan Grant.

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This was the unhappy and unhealthy way the 20-year-old Grant tried to sleep at night.

“I would just be laying in my bed trying to sleep,” she said.

Her doctor suggested a new therapy that had Grant getting up and out of bed if she was awake for more than 30 minutes.

“I was like, ‘What do you mean? That doesn’t sound right to me,’” she said.

It’s called restrictive sleep therapy.

“Once you’re tossing and turning for 30 minutes, get out of bed, and don’t go back into bed until you’re tired again,” said Dr. Matthew Lorber, a sleep expert.

“The concept of just laying there and resting in bed felt better than going and doing something else, so I was very reluctant at first,” said Grant.

However, Grant liked the idea of a drug-free therapy, even as the doctor prepared for the discipline the process required.

“When I suggest to someone that if you’re up to 3 to 3:30 in the morning get out of bed, get out of your bedroom, they look at me like I’m crazy at first, but, intuitively, it does make sense,” said Lorber.

“Admittedly, the first few nights of this are going to be terrible,” said Dr. Steven Feinsilver of Sleep Center Lenox Hill.

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Sleep experts say once patients are out of bed, they should try simply reading – no television or electronics, no food or alcohol.

“It seems very backwards, kind of counterintuitive that we ask people to sleep less in trying to get them to sleep better,” said Feinsilver.

The idea is to quiet the mind and staying calm as they wait to get tired again.

Doctors say it can take several weeks to relearn how to sleep.

“Eventually you’re going to sleep,” said Feinsilver. “It’s a simple idea, but it really works. It works very neatly.”

“Every night, I like love going to bed. It’s the greatest feeling,” said Grant. “I get in my bed, I’m cozy and ready to go. It makes such a world of difference.”

Doctors say usually people experience marked improvement in the quality of sleep after a week of restricted time in bed.

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Zeoli Show Log 06.22.17

3pm- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled the proposed Senate GOP Healthcare Bill. Several Republican Senators have stated they will not vote “yes” on the bill in its current form.

3:20pm- Sen. Ted Cruz said that he will vote “no” for the proposed Obamacare repeal bill if there are not significant changes but that he expects those changes to take place. 

3:25pm- Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Susan Collins said they may not vote for the Republican Healthcare Bill if it contains language to defund Planned Parenthood. 

4pm- After months of speculation stemming from a tweet, President Donald Trump confirmed that he does not have any recordings of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey.

4:35pm- Sen. Elizabeth Warren claimed that Senate Republicans are paying for tax cuts for the wealthy with American lives. 

4:40pm- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz stated that the GOP Healthcare Bill takes an ax to the knees of the American people. 

5pm- While on CNN, one of the architects of The Affordable Care Act, MIT Economist Jonathan Gruber, stated that the Senate GOP Healthcare Bill does not fully repeal Obamacare like Republicans have claimed.

5:20pm- In a new article written by Daniel Horowitz, the journalist claims that when crafting their new healthcare bill, Senate Republicans simply chose to ‘copy and paste” Obamacare. 


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City Council Approves ‘Rebuild’ Bill, Among Others

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia city council has given final approval to the half-a-billion dollar public facility renovation known as “Rebuild.”

It was one of more than 80 bills and resolutions council passed in its final session before summer recess.

The Rebuild bill passed 16-1, with councilman David Oh arguing there should be more assurances that the jobs created would benefit local women and minority residents.

“We need to make some guarantees to the people that we’re going to get this done. Everything we’ve said we’re gonna do, we’re gonna do,” said Oh.

While popular with some spectators, other council members argued the guarantees were there and they’d be closely monitoring.

Council also approved purchase of the former Inquirer building for the new police headquarters after making changes it says will save millions.

Other measures included a ban on the controversial practice of “conversion therapy” for gay and lesbian youth under 18, and zoning changes that will allow development of the $3 billion Schuylkill yards in University city, a bill licensing “aerial adventures” in the Belmont Plateau area, and a restriction on where medical marijuana dispensaries can be permitted.

New bills introduced for consideration in the fall include one that proposes public financing for local election campaigns, and Mayor Kenney signed into law two previously-passed bills toughening laws against ethnic intimidation and discrimination.

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Officials: ‘Dirty Old Santa’ Traveled To Meet Teen Girl For Sex

MEDIA, Pa. (CBS) — A man who police say referred to himself as “Dirty old Santa” has been arrested after he allegedly tried to lure a police officer posing as a teenager for sex.

Authorities say William T. McKinlay, 56, of Philadelphia, used a website called  “young uns – m4w (NE)” to communicate with the police officer posing as a teenage girl named “Stephanie.”

According to the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, McKinlay had explicit conversations with “Stephanie” over the course of a month in April, explaining how to masturbate.

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During one conversation, McKinlay allegedly sent a picture with his hand spread across his mouth, sticking his tongue through his fingers, telling “Stephanie” about performing oral sex. He also sent graphic pictures and referred to himself as “dirty old Santa.”

McKinlay later agreed to meet “Stephanie” in person at an ice cream store on June 21. He was arrested at the scene.

McKinlay is being charged with criminal use of a communications facility, attempted statutory sexual assault and solicitation, and attempted involuntary indecent sexual intercourse.

Authorities say  McKinlay held himself out as Santa. Further investigation confirmed that he was a seasonal employee at Macy’s in Philadelphia although his exact position could not be confirmed.

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Police Investigating Audio Recordings Of Cosby Trial Posted To Social Media

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A video from inside a courtroom during the Bill Cosby trial has surfaced on social media, and now Montgomery County detectives are involved.

The nearly two-hour long video opens with photos outside the courthouse and audio of the judge instructing the jury prior to closing arguments.

It then includes the full audio of closing arguments from Bill Cosby’s attorney, Brian McMonagle, over still images of the video screen that set up in the auxiliary courtroom.

That screen shows the courtroom with Cosby and his attorneys sitting at the defense table.

Pennsylvania law prohibits photos or recording during court proceedings.

The video was posted on YouTube under the title “MUST SEE__ The Cosby Case Defense Closing Arguments.”

Also on the same account is video taken in the hallway, which was also a violation of the decorum order.

The person doing the recording says she is not supposed to be recording and will have to shut her phone off.

The decorum order says the use of electronic devices will be subject to penalties for contempt of court including fines or summary incarceration.

Court officials say they are aware of it and Montgomery County detectives are investigating.

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City Controller Trashes Philadelphia Bigbelly Compactors

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The City Controller says those Bigbelly trash compactors around Philadelphia are in a sorry state. And, he claims, they’re not working as advertised. But city officials strongly disagree with his findings.

The Bigbelly Solar compactors created a buzz when first installed in Center City in 2009.

They were supposed to be smarter than those old wire mesh trash receptacles that were always overflowing, and were intended to make our streets cleaner, save money, and improve the environment.

But, Controller Alan Butkovitz is trashing the system.

“While the Bigbellys were promoted as a tool to reduce the collection rate, with their ability to store more trash, there’s been no sufficient documentation to substantiate any financial savings,” Butkovitz said.

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Butkovitz says there’s no viable work order and maintenance tracking system, and the original Bigbellys, many of which he says are disgusting, are reaching their life expectancy.

Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams disputes Butkovitz’s claims that the Streets Department has not done a comprehensive cost benefit analysis.

“We’re saving about $650,000 per year with the decreased collection costs,” said Williams.

Williams says they’ve reduced the frequency of collections from 17 per week at the old litter bins, to 3.5 per week at each Bigbelly.

“And that’s because of the collection efficiencies of the Bigbelly unit, allowing us to maximize five times as much trash in a unit, as opposed to a wire basket,” he said.

Williams acknowledges that the city did not account for some of the ongoing maintenance issues, high usage, and vandalism. He says the new contract, just approved by City Council, calls on the company, not the city, to clean and maintain the units, at no cost to the city.

And, he says, the compactors will be placed on a routine inspection schedule.

Butkovitz also says its software system is supposed to notify crews when trash compactors are full, but because of a significant outage for the last six months, more than eight-of-ten units have had no communication.

Williams says that’s true, because AT&T shut down the 2G network, and the Streets Department is in the process of upgrading the Bigbelly’s network system to a new 3G network.

There’s also good news for those with a phobia about pulling the handles on Bigbellys to load in trash. Williams says the city will acquire 275 brand new units with foot peddles.

“At no cost to the taxpayer, in exchange for the rights to advertise on the Bigbellies. The majority of the new units will be placed in Center City, with the foot peddles,” Williams said.

As for why the foot pedals make such a big difference:

“Sanitary reasons. They get mucked up with garbage, and people don’t want to touch them,” Williams explained.

Philadelphia was the first big city to use the Bigbelly units in large numbers. There are 975 Bigbellies citywide, including 475 in Center City.

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Police: Man Riding Dirt Bike Killed In Box Truck Accident

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Police say a dirt bike rider is dead after he lost control and went under a box truck on Thursday afternoon.

The accident happened at 3:08 p.m. in the 3800 block of Whitaker Avenue.

Police say the 30-year-old man riding the dirt bike ride was headed southbound and attempted to overtake the box truck, when he lost control and went under the truck.

He was transported to Temple Hospital and was pronounced dead at 3:40 p.m.

Police are still on the scene with the driver of the box truck as they provide aid.

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