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

Michael DeSanctis, PhD, LP, “Embracing Sleep: Giving Nature a Chance”

Michael DeSanctis, PhD, LP, “Embracing Sleep: Giving Nature a Chance”

My prior blog discussed the insidious but solvable problem of chronic sleep loss. Now we look at how to establish a rapport with our sleep nature. First, we need to examine our attitude about sleep. Are we guided by prevailing Western cultural signals that sleep is down, unproductive time? Do we fret over losing our advantage or position? Our material, consumptive society bombards us with messages to excel in school, establish a profession, find that perfect employment, toil longer hours, or seek new horizons or challenges. Constant performance pressure and dodging threats activate the fight, flight or freeze responses and

Michael DeSanctis, PhD, “What You Need to Know About Sleep Debt”

Michael DeSanctis, PhD, “What You Need to Know About Sleep Debt”

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.