Dr. Michael DeSanctis, PhD, LP, ABPP, DBSM This is a commentary on the sleep issues presumed to exist among a very neglected and ignored sub-population in America: the many tens of thousands of our citizens struggling to survive on the street and leading nomadic existences in the shadow of our economic mainstream.
In the COVID pandemic, preliminary research and anecdotal experience suggest that for some individuals nocturnal dream experiences have become vivid and recur regularly. Dream content may involve themes of helplessness, anxiety, fear about being infected or worry about death or debility.
Sleep problems abound in our society. Among teenagers, there are many threats to a good night’s sleep and risks created that can spill over into the community at large. According to information from the Minnesota Sleep Society, sleep helps to govern the way we think, react and behave. Proper sleep, meaning 9-10 hours per night for adolescents, with sufficient opportunities for deep sleep and dream sleep, cleanses the brain. According to Dr. Matthew Walker, in his 2017 volume Why We Sleep, deep sleep periods reflect an internal pruning process in our neural networks that clarifies our ability to think clearly
Sleep debt is common today, affecting millions of US adults at some point in their lives. You cannot re-finance or pay off this debt except by making sleep a priority in your life. Many Americans try to compress their sleep time as much as possible, thinking you can streamline the sleep process and squeeze more quality wake time into the 24-hour day. Doesn’t work that way. 7-9 hours of sleep on average for adults is recommended, based on a consensus of sleep professionals.