Cost: Non-members: $65 | Member: $35 | Student: $15
The natural world is a world with rhythmic variability, variability in light and dark throughout the day, and seasonal changes in light. Now, in the electrified world, we can control our light levels, keeping it artificially bright into the night. At the same time, we are in dim light during the day in our built environment. The lack of daytime light along with the lack of dark at night has serious health consequences. We will first look at how light and dark impact physiology. Then we will discuss the health impacts of disordered light & dark exposure from vitamin D and bone health, to sleep and circadian rhythms, to Seasonal Affective Disorder and mental health, among more of the conditions common in primary care. We’ll conclude with specific guidance on healthful light and dark recommendations.
Catherine Darley, ND, is a graduate of Bastyr University. She combines her knowledge of sleep disorders with her training as a naturopathic physician to bridge these two fields. As a naturopath, her expertise lies in providing natural and effective treatments for sleep problems. She treats people of all ages and especially enjoys working with teens and their families. She founded The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine Inc in Seattle which is dedicated to patient care, public education about sleep health, and consultation with high-risk populations such as first responders. Dr. Darley regularly writes articles and speaks for professional audiences. She has served as adjunct faculty at Bastyr University and National University of Natural Medicine. In her personal time, Catherine advocates for later secondary school start times and enjoys being outside in nature.
**This presentation is worth 1 Category 1 CE credit for Washington NDs.**
Originally presented October 15, 2022, at WANP's CONNECT 2022 conference.