35 thoughts on “Sleep deprivation & disparities in health, economic and social wellbeing: Lauren Hale at TEDxSBU

  1. To sum this up. I can't sleep because…Racism. I'm so sleepy & uneducated I didn't even realize this until she wrote out the narrative for me. Thank you random lady who's speech I'm listening to when I should be sleeping. 😉🤦🏾‍♂️👌🏾

  2. One of the worst Ted Talks I have heard. Seems like there is A LOT of Confirmation Bias was used to gather her statistical data. I am sure there is truth to some of it, but a lot of it seems like a stretch. She is right about the light, high-school start times, and the other actual scientifically studied sleep points she mentioned though but many other Ted Talks on sleep address this issue much better. Correlation does NOT equal causation, graduate lesson 101.

  3. Ok…. so now we need to lobby our congressmen and women and get a few laws and regulations in place. We can start with mandating 8 hours of sleep for adults and 9 hours for children. We can include fines (imposed by the IRS) and jail time for those who persist in breaking the law. Sure this will limit people's freedom to make their own choices, but the cost will be worth it. The president should create a Department of Sleep Deprivation. The DSD of course will need billions of dollars in its budget to hire people to look into people's bedrooms, buy stopwatches and logbooks to make sure everyone complies. All a small price to pay to stop this horrific , socially racist environment. Since blacks don't get enough sleep, this may be seen as unfair to them, but after all, it's for their own good. I will personally sleep better tonight knowing this problem is being confronted boldly by the DSD. Another great idea would be a war on poverty, but that's another topic.

  4. Wow I wish I could meet or tlk to this lady. Because I feel like she was tlkn about me when it came to almost everything she was tlkn about. I need help

  5. We need to show society how ridiculous it is that they need the pointless feature of the car honking when they lock it with their car keys.

  6. implementing policy to help with sleep deprivation well not be effective. Good sleep is widely dependent on personal choice for example, policy in regulating sleep apnea for truck drivers won't necessarily stop them from drinking too much coffee or starting ash cell phone before bed. same with high school students. delaying school start time will give them more of an excuse to not be responsible and they well just find things to do to stay up later.

  7. I have severe sleep deprivation but because I'm a poor white person then I have no chance of ever getting treatment.

  8. hope i am not destined to failure since i sleep 7 hours a day since i was 5 but have changed my sleeping habits from 7 to 5 or 6 hours and in this i feel like i should just consider suicide since many signs tell me that i am not worthy of having a good sleep and mostly a good healthy life which is all that life really matters. 

  9. As someone with sleep apnea and on autopap therapy for many years, I'm glad to hear someone talking about the effects of sleep deprivation.  But I can't help but think she's missing some key things, that many others have missed as well.  Probably long sleepers are ones with sleep problems, like apnea, that motivate them to sleep more, trying desperately to get better caught up on sleep — and that would skew the results about how long sleepers tend to be less healthy.  Studies have shown that in 1900, adults slept 9-10 hours a night; it's possible that 7-9 hours is not really ideal.

    Also, sleep apnea tends to be inherited and does make it harder to function, especially untreated.  That leads an adult to a lower socioeconomic class and raising kids who are then disadvantaged by both that and things like fewer bedtime stories.  Building awareness of sleep disorders, getting more diagnosed and treated would go a long way to helping with this.

    I'm not keen on adding more regulations and the like; they tend to try to make more people fit in boxes that don't fit terribly well.  The sleep hygiene stuff always makes me wince some as it just feels like hinting around the edges of the problem.  If you wake up in a panic in the middle of the night, it may well be because you were having trouble breathing.  It didn't have much to do with using a computer in the hour before you went to bed, really, as opposed to simply having the lights on then.  Something like starting high school later probably does make sense, but increasing minimum wage doesn't seem particularly helpful, compared to getting people diagnosed, as needed, and then they can function better and get better jobs — and improve themselves.

  10. Interesting. I’ve enjoyed many TED presentations in the past, but, Dr, Hale not only provides an intriguing and often underestimated issue, but she paces the presentation in a controlled and coherent fashion. Though, nearly all TED talks are fascinating, I often feel that many are unnecessarily rushed.

  11. Great presentation of the problem, the data AND the solution. A lot to think about, both in terms of one's personal sleep habits and broader social issues.

  12. How proud I was to watch you speak so eruditely, Lauren. I appreciated your conversational approach to a scientific topic regarding a phenomena we take for granted! I had never thought of the socio/economic effects of not getting enough sleep. Of course, tired children will not learn, and tired, harried adults will not be productive in the workplace. How in the world will we slow down our demanding and distracting existence? Congratulations, and I look forward to hearing more from you.

  13. as social/economic inequality and class division is a terribly persistent and also increasing global problem, shining a light on perhaps the most important factor in health and well-being and how it relates to this problem would seem quite important and yet it is not discussed enough. so thanks for this, dr. hale.

  14. Very interesting! As someone who worked overnight for several years and tried to live a normal life on the weekends, I am all too well aware of the consequences of sleep deprivation. But I had never thought of it as a public health problem. And the reduction of melatonin from looking at a screen before (or while, in my case) trying to fall asleep? Uh-oh! Thanks, Dr. Hale, for the info and plenty to think about as I try to fall asleep tonight!

  15. Dr. Hale's work and her presentation focus on frequently disregarded implications of "not enough" sleep. The social implications are vast and the short term needs relate to everything from safety to productivity.

  16. Exceptional presentation. Enlightening, particularly in regard to having one more clue that can help explain our health care and socioeconomic disparities in this country. Well done, Dr. Hale.

  17. Great presentation! Sleep is so important and does not receive enough public health or clinical attention.

  18. Fascinating presentation. Definitely gives one food for thought. (Okay, MAYBE I'll stop watching television before I go to bed. Maybe. And no computer screen time too? Oh boy.)

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