As most individuals are aware, there is ongoing controversy over continuing the Daylight Savings Time (DST) policy generally in place in the United States and implemented in various overseas countries. This question is most pertinent to those residing in temperate zones around the globe. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has issued online a position statement on DST (Rishi, M.A., Ahmed, O., Perez, B.H.J., Berneking, M., Dombrowsky, J., Flynn-Evans, E.E.,… Gurubhagavatula, I. (August 26, 2020) Daylight saving time: an American Academy of Sleep Medicine position statement). They advocate for discontinuing DST. General application of DST, in which the clocks are
The COVID-19 crisis has created misery, suffering and hardship on a global scale. If there is any silver lining, it might be the renewed appreciation of our fundamental linkage with the physical environment and what that means not just for survival, but for resilience as a species. I write on sleep topics and human behavior and emphasize our basic, culturally universal homeostatic and circadian rhythms linked to the solar day/night.
Therapists and other mental health clinicians have relied on telehealth to continue to provide services during these difficult times. Some are working from home, and find that this works pretty well. Some are considering closing their brick-and-mortar office and transitioning to a home office, providing telehealth-only services. MHConcierge wonders whether and how this will work, and if there might be unforeseen consequences. To get help with these questions, I posted questions on several local and national listservs. I also sent questions to Provider Relations staff at 5 Minnesota insurance companies: BCBS MN, Medica/UHC/Optum, HealthPartners, UCare and PreferedOne.
Sleep deprivation is pervasive in our fast tempo, 24/7 culture of commerce and daily activities. This article discusses two potentially serious consequences of disrupted sleep or prolonged wakefulness. The first issue concerns Insomnia, a condition that involves difficulties falling asleep, staying asleep and/or awakening prematurely in the early morning hours. Insomnia is a common source of misery for millions of Americans at one point or another in their lives. For some the problem is chronic, for others, it may be triggered by situational factors. In response to the invisible and relentless COVID-19 virus circling the globe, citizens have become vulnerable
As a behavioral sleep health specialist, I am compelled to write about the existential challenge of our moment: the war we are waging against the COVID-19 pathogen and the need to protect our vulnerable populations. This blog is about the impact of the pandemic on the sleep of older, single individuals, beyond 65 years of age, dwelling in independent living environments where constant caregiver attention is not available or necessary. The vast majority of senior living residences are now subject to mandated lockdowns, creating social distancing between the general public and elderly resident to curb community transmission of the COVID-19