Climate Change Threats to Our Sleep

Climate Change Threats to Our Sleep

Dr. Michael DeSanctis, PhD, LP, ABPP, DBSM   June 2021 I was moved to write this blog out of my concern for the rapid and continuing transformations in our global climate and the impact of the changing physical environment on human wellness, sleep and other recurring and necessary life processes. Environmental scientists have measured increases in global temperature that are reaching unprecedented levels relative to 30-year averages for given locales. I can offer my perspective as a mental health clinician and long-time observer of weather and climate, having studied the hypothesized correlation of daily meteorological variables with measured mood and reaction

The GUT Punch – repeated blows to our GI tract from inner clock disruption

The GUT Punch – repeated blows to our GI tract from inner clock disruption

Dr. Michael DeSanctis, PhD, LP, ABPP, DBSM, Licensed Psychologist   April 2021 What price do we pay for irregular sleep-wake patterns and circadian clock mistiming? One cost is an unhappy and dysregulated gut. Our central circadian clock, residing in a concentration of cells in the hypothalamus of our brain and referred to as the suprachiasmatic nucleus, engages in cross-talk with all our peripheral organs, including the liver and gastrointestinal tract. This communication occurs along hormonal and neural pathways with signaling playing an important role in our mental and physical wellbeing. The gut operates on a daily rhythm just like our alertness,

Clinical Care Demands and Sleep Quality

Clinical Care Demands and Sleep Quality

During this prolonged siege of COVID-19, every facet of our lifestyle and daily activity has been called into question or challenged in some way. Sleep has been a casualty of these extraordinary times. It is obvious that insufficient sleep, night after night, will cripple our daytime focus, energy levels and mental clarity.  We are all familiar with the feelings of surgency and buoyancy that derive from a solid night’s slumber. We are better prepared for the rigors of the day.  Our stress tolerance is greater, and we are less likely to be irked by trifling matters.  For those in practice,

Some Thoughts on Napping, Brain Power and Sleep

Some Thoughts on Napping, Brain Power and Sleep

To sleep during the day, perchance to restore clarity of mind? This is a subject of ongoing scientific research.  Napping is viewed by many as a compensatory restorative process due to poor sleep the night before or for mitigating daytime somnolence.  Studies have demonstrated that partial acute or chronic sleep deprivation at night leads to errors in thinking, mathematical calculations and erosion of working memory – the ability to hold information on our mental screen and act upon it.