Thanksgiving is my favorite annual holiday. I look forward to enjoying a leisurely meal around a common table with the people I love. It’s a great opportunity to share traditions and create new memories with family and friends. The origins of the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. are a coming together to bridge cultures and learn from one another.

This time of year also affords us the opportunity to show generosity to people who need our help. I find that giving amplifies the joy of the holiday season. Make a financial contribution to a worthy cause, volunteer to assist families in need, or simply reach out to a friend or colleague who needs a lift. This is also a time to reflect on the many people around the world who are unable to meet their families’ basic needs and to be grateful for all that we have. I am thankful that I am able to keep my family safe, comfortable and happy.

The Thanksgiving season also gives me an opportunity to show gratitude to all AASM members and our dedicated staff. It is a difficult time to take care of people with sleep disorders, yet the dedication and commitment of our members is truly inspiring. I am extremely grateful for all of you and the work that you do every day to improve the lives of your patients. I am also grateful to the many AASM members who volunteer their time to serve our organization, our field and the greater good. I am inspired by all of you to do more and to be better.

I wish all of you — my “sleep family” — a happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Jennifer L. Martin, PhD, FAASM