A Body Clock Perspective on Daylight Savings Time

A Body Clock Perspective on Daylight Savings Time

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

Musings on The Nature of Sleep and COVID-19

Musings on The Nature of Sleep and COVID-19

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.

Sleep Deprivation, Suicide Risk and Motor Vehicle Crashes

Sleep Deprivation, Suicide Risk and Motor Vehicle Crashes

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

“Sleep in the Elderly during the Covid 19 Crisis,” by Michael DeSanctis, PhD, ABPP, DBSM, FAACoP

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

Teen Sleep Challenges – A Message to Parents, by Dr. Michael DeSanctis PhD, LP, ABPP, DBSM

Teen Sleep Challenges – A Message to Parents, by Dr. Michael DeSanctis PhD, LP, ABPP, DBSM

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