Sleep... Zzzzzzzz

Beyond The Blue was privileged to have Dr. Samuels at our Behind the Badge conference, Thrive and Survive on November 7, 2015.

When Dr. Charles Samuels first got involved with sleep medicine, he was working as a young family doctor in a small town in rural Alberta. “One night after a lengthy period of extended night shifts in the hospital emergency room and being on call 24/7, I literally drove off the road into the ditch. I knew I was exhausted, but I was in the habit of reserving whatever energy I had left for when I was seeing patients. When I hit the ditch, my life changed. I started to study the science of sleep and immediately discovered there was a real gap in the health system in terms of providing support to people who are not getting adequate sleep. And a lot of people aren’t getting enough sleep for many different reasons.”

Fast forward to 2015. Dr. Samuels is now Medical Director of the Centre for Sleep & Human Performance in Calgary. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine, has served as a Vice President with the Canadian Sleep Society and is current Chair of the Alberta Medical Association’s Insomnia Clinical Practice Guideline Committee. Additionally, he serves as a professor with the Faculties of Kinesiology and Medicine at the University of Calgary, which is his way of ensuring that the next generation will recognize sleep as a critical element to health and wellbeing.