The Renegade Doctor Episode 3


Resetting The Sleep Cycle

This is The Renegade Doctor, Estelle Toby Goldstein, MD and I’m pleased to present what I call an audio podcast with pictures. Sleep is involved in most psychiatric conditions and sleep deprivation can mimic a psychiatric condition.

When I was a surgical resident we had to work long shifts with no sleep.  It was a macho thing and there weren’t very many lady surgeons!  A few years ago, laws were passed requiring a sleep period.  After all, would YOU want some sleep-deprived doctor cutting you open?  Then, earlier this year, they rolled back that rule and once again there are lots of sleep surgeons out there.

Dr. Goldstein as Minnie Mouse

Operations can be grueling — especially in neurosurgery (my field) –and last 10, 12, 18 or more hours! I’m glad I changed my specialty to psychiatry.

Lack of sleep can make you delerious.  And if you have any existing troubles — such as bipolar illness — it can trigger real problems.

Basic care for yourself ought to include adequate nutrition and hydration and sleep.  Then — maybe you won’t have to see a doctor!

So for the next 15 minutes, enjoy my first-audio podcast.


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