Sleep – Are You Getting Enough?

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As science advances and more studies are done, good sleep is emerging as the single most important health habit you can implement.

You already know how tired you feel after a poor night’s sleep. You may also notice that your brain isn’t as clear.

Sleep deprivation is linked to:

  •  increased dementia risk
  •  increased heart disease risk
  •  slower metabolism/ weight gain
  •  increased cancer risk
  • lower mood
  • poor memory
  • decreased decision making and slower reflexes
  • immune system dysfunction

How much sleep is enough?

If I feel good after 6 hours, isn’t that what my body needs?
It has been shown through many scientific studies that 8 hours of restorative sleep is the magic number.
Your brain does very important processes in the first 4 hours, and other important processes in the second 4 hours.

Giving up sleep is detrimental to your brain completing its healing, repairing, restoring brain chemistry, sealing memory and learning, and detoxifying. Sleep deprivation has other further reaching impacts on functions like metabolism and immune system protection.

There are different types of sleep disturbances.
‘Initial insomnia’ is trouble falling asleep.
‘Middle insomnia’ is waking up after falling asleep.
‘Terminal insomnia’ describes waking up and not being able to fall back asleep.

Hormones and sleep:
Melatonin is the most commonly known hormone of sleep.
Studies have shown melatonin to be an important modulator if the immune system. One study showed that optimizing melatonin reduced the risk of breast cancer.

Melatonin is produced during the day and stored in your pineal gland.
As dusk falls, and time to sleep approaches, melatonin is released and prepares you to fall asleep.

Melatonin production is decreased by artificial light, devices with screens and blue light.

 Taking melatonin is safe. Overdose is not possible even at 20 times the maximum recommended dose.
Start with 1 tablet under your tongue 45 minutes before bedtime.
You may safely increase by one additional tablet each evening to 5 tablets, to find your best dose for a good night’s sleep.
Two other hormones that affect sleep are progesterone deficiency and high cortisol.
Progesterone deficiency needs to be addressed by a Functional Medicine doctor who understands how to optimally balance it with your other hormones; and the risks for weight gain and diabetes (when done correctly these do not occur).
Daily meditation and working with a naturopathic physician help correct cortisol imbalances.
Serotonin imbalance (a neurotransmitter) also affects your sleep.
Many people under stress have some deficiency in serotonin levels.
Take 1-3 tablets anytime after dinner and before bedtime.
Consult your doctor if you are taking any medications for psychiatric disorders before taking Brain Tonin.

Commonly overlooked sleep disruptor: Most of your brain is made of fat. Traditional medicine does not look at the role of fat soluble molecules like Persistent organic pollutants (POP’s), phthalates, Bisphenols, etc in the role of disrupting sleep due to accumulation in fatty tissues.

The Belly Fat Blasting program leads participants through the steps to remove these molecules from your body when prone to accumulating them.
The main purpose of this program is to reduce body fat. Additional benefits include better sleep, improved mood and energy.
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