Category: sleep and insomnia

How Does Cannabis Affect the Stages of Your Sleep? 0

How Does Cannabis Affect the Stages of Your Sleep?

Always consult your doctor before you begin taking a supplement or medication, or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This is not medical advice; it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your physician at your next appointment.

Interest in cannabis as a medicinal and therapeutic tool is at an all-time high. (Pun definitely intended.) There’s a multi-billion-dollar cannabis market that is growing fast, filled with tinctures, vaping options, edibles, creams, oils and other cannabis products.

It all can be pretty confusing and more than a little overwhelming.

I’ve had a lot of interest from patients and readers about cannabis’ potential to help improve sleep. And I’ve done some writing about the science around the benefits of cannabis for sleep. But I’d like to do more to respond to all this interest. With that in mind, I’m launching what I hope will be a thoughtful, easy to understand, evidence-based conversation about cannabis and sleep: what we know today about how cannabis affects sleep, where the research is headed, what the uses, benefits,

How Good Sleep Can Jumpstart Your Sex Life 0

How Good Sleep Can Jumpstart Your Sex Life

This week I want to touch on something we can be a bit hesitant to talk about: sex. 

It’s one of life’s great joys, and you don’t need to be a relationship counselor to know how important sex is to a healthy relationship. 

Its importance is why there’s a booming business centered around maintaining and improving sexual health. Men have likely noticed an uptick in companies offering erectile dysfunction supplements in recent years. That trend is showing no signs of slowing down, either. The ED market is already a billion-dollar industry, and it’s expected to rise to $2.63 billion by 2023. 

At the same time, advertisers and major drug companies are increasingly targeting women and their sexual health. Most notably, “female Viagra” was approved by the F.D.A. last year, with the manufacturer looking to assist the one in 10 women who have a low sex drive. 

You’re probably wondering what this has to do with sleep. It turns out, a lot. A growing amount of research is highlighting the strong link between a good night’s sleep and a healthy

Three Ways Bad Sleep Hurts Your Work Performance 0

Three Ways Bad Sleep Hurts Your Work Performance

Bad sleep hurts work performance. You need a good night’s sleep to be at your best. 

This, in a nutshell, is the underlying reason I stress the importance of quality sleep each week: You’re not you when you’re running on less than 7 hours of sleep each night. 

You’re not in this alone. 

Poor sleep impacts millions of Americans — and research suggests the issue is getting worse, not better. 

A recent study found 35.6% of people get less than 7 hours of sleep each night, or the baseline amount for a good night’s sleep. That’s up from 30.9% of people who got inadequate sleep each night in 2010. 

I bring this up because I know, with 2020 just getting started, that many of you have set career goals for the new year. Maybe you’re making a push for a promotion, looking to make more sales than you ever have before, or aiming to land your dream job. I think that’s great, and I fully support setting ambitious professional goals. 

Unfortunately, I’ve noticed many people sacrifice sleep in order

5 More Flexible, Achievable, Totally Worth-it Sleep Goals for the New Year 0

5 More Flexible, Achievable, Totally Worth-it Sleep Goals for the New Year

Love them or hate them, it’s that time of year: resolution time or what I like to call it REST-O-LUTION time. I like the spirit of renewal, reflection, and progress that comes with the new year, and gets embodied in resolutions. I always make a few, and I encourage my patients to think about the turn of a calendar year as a time to renew and improve their commitment to healthy sleep.

Here are my suggestions for how to make worthwhile REST-O-LUTIONS that will stick. Each of these goals is manageable, realistic, and will deliver a big return for your sleep and your waking life.

Address the sleep issue you’ve been ignoring

Everyone has one. That part of your sleep routine that isn’t working, but hasn’t yet gotten the attention it deserves. (Even sleep doctors have them! Mine continues to be getting enough high-quality rest on a plane with my crazy travel schedule.) Maybe you haven’t dealt with your sleep issue because you’re busy and distracted, or maybe you think it’s not a serious enough problem to warrant your attention.

Devastated Australia as fires rip through 0

Devastated Australia as fires rip through

Australia is experiencing its worst fires in history. Twenty three lives have been lost since September, dozens of people are missing and more than 1500 homes have been destroyed. Many thousands couldn’t enjoy Christmas this year because of the devastation. Thankfully, it was just announced 3,000 reserve troops will be deployed to help tackle raging […]

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Breathing focus equals sound sleep 0

Breathing focus equals sound sleep

blog Learning about relaxing our bodies and minds is a skill which benefits more and more people as they become aware of such a fantastic tool. There are man apps which will guide you through mediations and some are as short as two minutes! It can be likened to cooking a dish for the first time: […]

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Make your 2020 Resolutions Restolutions! 0

Make your 2020 Resolutions Restolutions!

Happy New Year, I hope you’ll make all your 2020 resolutions, RestOLutions. If you haven’t seen my Restlolutions series on Instagram, be sure to check them out.

I’m beginning the year after having just returned from Asia. 

This trip was a twist on how my family and I normally spend the holidays, but it was certainly worthwhile and made for a trip we’ll never forget. Getting to spend one on one time with my daughter who is in China as an exchange student and see how she’s grown and can speak the language so fluently was so great to see. 

There were a number of highlights I could spend the day telling you about. There were two in particular I want to mention, before sharing a few tips to help you sleep better this year. 

The first, and perhaps most incredible part of our trip, was seeing the Terra Cotta Warriors.  We saw them early on in a town in southeast China. These are remarkable clay sculptures that are more than 2,000 years old, yet were only discovered in

Sleep Apnea: An Aging Accelerator 0

Sleep Apnea: An Aging Accelerator

Sleep apnea accelerates aging

Nearly 30 million adults in the United States experience disturbances in their sleep cycles as a direct result of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition marked by pauses in breathing during sleep. With many cases remaining undiagnosed and untreated, this sleep disorder poses a major threat to the overall health of affected individuals – including causing their cells to age more rapidly.

While sleep apnea tends to target older adults, men, postmenopausal women, and those who smoke or struggle with obesity, it does not discriminate and manages to affect a wide range of individuals.  A variety of factors, including lifestyle and environment, determine the risk of developing sleep apnea. Additionally, research links sleep apnea to a number of health complications within a multitude of individuals such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression. Snoring, sometimes accompanied by choking sounds or pauses in breathing, as well as symptoms of sleep deprivation during the day signal that sleep apnea may be impeding on not only your rest but also your overall health. New research indicates that the myriad of

How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep – 3 Essentials to Keep in Mind 0

How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep – 3 Essentials to Keep in Mind

How to get a good night’s sleep is the question I probably hear more than any other, even SNL characters bemoan the lack of sleep.

Did you happen to catch Eddie Murphy on “Saturday Night Live” last weekend?

I, like everyone else I talked to this week, thought he was hilarious. It was great to see him bring back classic characters like Mister Robinson and Gumby, decades after he last performed on “SNL.” 

But there was another sketch that caught my eye. Maybe you saw it, where his future son-in-law is laying on a cheap blow-up-mattress while visiting for Christmas. Inevitably, the air mattress pops with the young man laying on it, and he ends up yelling out in anger in the middle of the night.

It stood out, of course, because it was funny. But it also because of how relatable that frustration is. Bad sleep can derail your day — especially during the holidays. 

We already know how important a good night’s sleep is. Without it, we’re typically tired, irritable and unable to make our best judgments. 


11 Reasons You Can’t Sleep And Are Struggling to Stay Asleep 0

11 Reasons You Can’t Sleep And Are Struggling to Stay Asleep

I’d like to discuss 11 reasons you can’t sleep and are struggling to stay asleep but first, let me take a moment and wish you a happy holiday no matter which one you celebrate this time of year. I’m grateful that you spend your time with me each week and to have this opportunity to share my work and experience with you.

This holiday, my daughter is in China on a student exchange program so we are spending the holidays in Bejing and touring around China. It will be an interesting experience but I’m really excited to see my daughter, it’s been a while!

While I used TimeShifter and everything I know to minimize my challenges with the multiple timezone difference, holiday travel always makes sleeping more difficult. 

And, with all of the travel and extra people in our houses, this is the time of year when a good night’s sleep can be even harder to come by.

With the holidays here and a new decade right around the corner, I know many of my patients are fighting to carve