The Daily Dance of Sleep and Body Clocks

The interplay of sleep pressures and body clock processes that create balance in our being and promote mental wellness.


This 90 minute forum will include lecture on the interplay of sleep pressures and body clock processes that create balance in our being and promote mental wellness. The roles of light, darkness, movement, routine and self-dialogue in achieving restorative sleep and optimizing cognitive health will be explained. Twenty minutes of Q & A and discussion time will follow. This presentation is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to substitute for advice and consultation on specific sleep problems-participants are encouraged to discuss sleep concerns with their medical provider.

Participants will:

  • Learn about the basic homeostatic and circadian processes that drive sleep and wakefulness. 
  • Become acquainted with the relationship between restorative sleep, body clocks, cognitive health and the neuroprotective response. 
  • Be provided a handout on basic sleep hygiene guidance to improve sleep outcomes and be informed about general non-pharmacologic approaches to sleep management.                   
  • Be provided a list of local clinic resources for behavioral sleep intervention and web sites for further study on sleep matters.

Date:  Tuesday, October 27th

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: ZOOM Virtual Meeting

Price: $15 Members, $25 Non-Members

Registration link and directions are provided below. SHIFT appreciates early registration.

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Dr. Michael DeSanctis is a licensed psychologist, in MN & WI, a Diplomate of the Board of Behavioral Sleep Medicine, a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in Counseling, and listed in the National Register of Health Psychology Providers; Dr. DeSanctis owns Positive Sleep Journeys, PLLC, dedicated to public outreach education on sleep and circadian processes, and also focused on training/consultation with health care professionals wishing to deepen their understanding of behavioral sleep medicine interventions.

Dr. DeSanctis has published in a variety of trade and professional journals, consulted with the MN Highway Safety and Research Center, provided continuing education through the Normandale College Integrative Health Program, and has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate level courses in psychology at various institutions in the greater Twin Cites. He is former Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Mary's University of MN. He retired from practice after 30 years of service to individuals, families, clinics and community organizations.

Please note that this is STEP ONE of a TWO-STEP Registration Process.

Step One: Register for the Event using the button below.

(But don't click the button yet, read the entire set of instructions first)

Once you click on the button below and register, you will see both a confirmation page AND our booking system will send you a confirmation message to the email you used to register with us.

Step Two: The ZOOM link shown on the confirmation page and within the confirmation email will take you to a second page, which is the registration process for our ZOOM Virtual Meeting Room. That page will ask you to re-enter your name and email to confirm. This second registration will then generate an invitation email containing your UNIQUE MEETING LINK AND PASSCODE for logging in to the workshop on Tuesday October 27th.

Yes, we realize that a double registration process can be a bit frustrating. However, the goal is to ensure a safe, secure, and private online workshop experience.

Thank you for your patience with this extra SHIFT safety process.


In the event that SHIFT cancels a program, you’ll receive a refund of your registration payment. 

SHIFT will not issue credits or refunds in the following circumstances: 

  • You cancel your registration
  • You register but do not attend
  • You attend but leave early
  • You do not attend all sessions of a multi-session course

Event Sponsored by Maser, Amundson and Baggio, P.A.

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