Sleeping problems contribute to more than yawning in the morning. The Centers for Disease Control links lack of sleep to depression, diabetes, and an increased likelihood of accidental injury. The CDC also finds more than a quarter of Americans don’t get enough sleep. One study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine suggests the lack of access to proper health care makes Indigenous people even more vulnerable to the detrimental effects of sleep disorders. We will find out more about sleep-related problems such as apnea and discuss ways to help fix them.
This show started with an update on the situation near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, following Wednesday’s deadline to clear out what was known as Oceti Sakowin camp. Below is a conversation with Joy Braun (Cheyenne River Sioux), frontline community organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network and the very first camper at the Sacred Stone Camp.
Dr. Lee Brown – executive director of the University of New Mexico Hospital Sleep Disorders Center
Dr. Chris Morris – clinical psychologist at the Sandoval Regional Medical Center and associate professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Break music: Emerpak-Qaa (Sleepy) (song) Pamyua (artist) Drums Of The North: Traditional Yup’ik Songs (album)