Many people need more information and inspiration to improve their sleep. This fall I’ll be giving sleep health talks to many groups of people around Seattle.  Here is a short listing of educational talks coming up.  If you would like to schedule a sleep presentation for your group just email or phone.

“Sleep Well, Succeed in School”
Seattle Academy October 19, 2009
Not open to the public

Many children have sleep problems, and their mood and performance suffers.
Come learn about common pediatric sleep problems, how they influence your child, and what you can do to ensure your child gets healthy sleep.

Join Dr. Catherine Darley, ND from The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine as she discusses:
normal sleep in children
the changes in sleep timing that teens experience
the effects of insufficient sleep, the most common sleep problem
sleep disordered breathing in children
steps to take at home to improve your child’s sleep

“Optimizing Work Performance – The Sleep Connection”
October 20, 2009 noon -1pm
City of Seattle
Open to city employees

Join Dr. Darley to learn about how good sleep health can improve your job performance. Objectives for this one hour “Lunch and Learn” are:
Understand the ways poor sleep interferes with mental, physical and emotional performance
Understand the most prevalent sleep disorders, including insufficient sleep
Learn ways to improve sleep
There will be time for discussion and to answer questions.

“Sleep Apnea and it’s Consequences”
November 10, 2009 7 – 8pm
King County Medical Assistants Association
Continuing Education event, open to members

Sleep apnea is a common sleep breathing disorder which affects both men and women. It is important to recognize and treat effectively because it significantly increases cardiovascular disease. Dr. Darley will discuss sleep apnea, it’s mechanism and it’s effects on overall health. We’ll also discuss current treatment options and issues.

“Sleep and Mental Health: A Dynamic Interplay”
Continuing Education event for the Seattle Counselors Association (SCA)
February 19, 2010
Open to SCA members and visitors

Dr. Darley will discuss the dynamic interplay between sleep and mental health. We’ll look in depth at a few conditions, including ADHD, anxiety, and depression. The second half of the presentation will include screening questions for counselors to use in assessing whether sleep may be a contributing factor. We’ll also discuss the effects of pharmaceuticals, over the counter medications, and supplements. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.