New York Times writer to Trump: ‘Stop tweeting and go to bed’

On Monday, Richard A. Friedman, a professor of clinical psychology, wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times telling President Donald Trump to please, “stop tweeting and go back to bed.”

Friedman gave several examples of what he called “some of his angriest and most flamboyant accusations,” though the most recent one was the president’s continuing insistence on calling his executive order barring travel from majority-Muslim countries a “travel ban,” despite the fact that his press secretary, Homeland Security secretary, and many others have insisted that it is “not a travel ban.”

“People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!” Trump tweeted, but what is notable here is the timestamp: 6:25 a.m. on Monday.

As Friedman pointed out in his piece, the early morning hours and late night hours are not the best time for thinking:

Like most aspects of human biology, cognitive function has peaks and valleys that follow the day-night cycle. Studies show that alertness, cognitive speed, memory and abstract reasoning are worst around when a person typically wakes up, and best a few hours before he habitually falls asleep,” he wrote. “So for most people, the middle of the night and the very early morning are not great times to make decisions, to say nothing of making policy pronouncements or political commentary. At those times, you are likely to be close to so-called REM or dream sleep, which we all know brings about intense and often distorted emotions and thoughts, often about the events in our everyday lives. These are times for reflection, not for social media.

Friedman then continued, “Imagine the incalculable harm a sleep-deprived, irritable and impulsive president with access to the nuclear codes could wreak.”

“So I have a bit of unsolicited medical advice for President Trump: For the sake of the nation, stop tweeting and go back to bed.”

 

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