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.@realDonaldTrump Sleep Deprived?

Is Donald Trump Sleep Deprived?

Updated August 11, 2016.

Donald Trump’s sleep habits came up on the set of Morning Joe for the third time in six months.  Today Mika Brzezinski reported that Trump is exhausted, sleeping in “two-hour spurts,” and that as a result Trump is “losing it.” Joe Scarborough added those closest to Trump say,  “when he is tired he is absolutely at his worst.”

Does Donald Trump Need More Sleep?

That’s the question I asked myself as I heard Donald Trump say “I’m not a big sleeper.” In his speech suggesting Hillary Clinton might be a better sleep aid than Sominex he also disclosed his sleep habits. As a gerontologist I watch the news and the world through a different lens. Trends that affect aging and wellness automatically pique my interest and when I hear something that affects brain health my radar goes up.That is why Trump’s admission of not being a big sleeper immediately caught my attention. For those of us in the field of aging and brain health sleep is a top priority and often overlooked in the fight to reduce the risk factors for Alzheimer’s Disease and memory loss.

Why Does A Good Night Sleep Matter?

During sleep, our cells begin a cycle of repair and  chemicals are released clearing away the toxins built up in our brain during the day. This release of chemicals only happens when we are in deep sleep. Not enough of the deep sleep puts your brain at risk for the buildup of toxins. Lauren Hale of the  National Sleep Foundation says, when we’re sleep deprived, thinking processes can be slowed down, the ability to make clear decisions and have a clear understanding is compromised and may increase risky behaviors. Watch the video here: How sleep affects the brain function. In a sleep study, researchers found those who reported poor sleep health had a more rapid decline in brain size than those who slept well. In those over the age of sixty the decline in brain volume was greater. Yes, sleep does matter.

My Sleep Recommendation For Donald Trump

Go to bed.

Make sleep a priority, especially during the campaign. Improving your sleep can only help you during this very long process. 

Do your best to get between seven or eight hours of sleep a night.

Develop a sleep ritual that can be replicated on the road.

Win or lose Donald you need more sleep! Research shows you can’t catch up on sleep, once it is gone, it is lost forever. If you think sleep doesn’t matter read Arianna Huffington’s The Sleep Revolution.

Judi Bonilla author of Freewheeling after Sixty and Director of Program Innovation at Advocates For Aging. Previously she was a fellow for Hispanic In Philanthropy and Senior Service America, Inc. Bonilla has spoken at South by Southwest (SXSW) the American Society on Aging, and Certified Senior Advisors conferences. She has received a Special Commendation from the City of San Diego for the inaugural Older Driver Awareness Week in San Diego, the Association of Travel Instruction Jack Gorelick Achievement Award for her passionate commitment and perseverance to the growth of the profession of travel instruction and the Women In Transportation Innovative Transportation Solutions Award.

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