Category: sleep and insomnia

Productivity Habits Of Billionaires And How They Sleep 0

Productivity Habits Of Billionaires And How They Sleep

Is 4 am the new 6am?

I’ll let you decide … and I’ll share the results of a sleep makeover I did for a journalist later in this article.

This past week in an article in the Wall Street Journal, a journalist interviewed several billionaires and discovered that they all seem to find 4 am as their “most productive time of day.”  If you want to learn why this will only work out for about 15% of the population, keep reading or if you prefer to read on the blog head on over.

The reasoning, according to the reporter, that this crazy early morning hour is so good for the interviewee’s productivity was threefold:

  1. At that hour, there are minimal distractions (kids, family, employees or bosses)
  2. There is almost no one emailing to texting you
  3. There is less to look at on social media

The group of people were not a huge surprise: Tim Cook (CEO of Apple), Richard Branson (CEO of Virgin Atlantic), Michelle Gass (former President of Starbucks; you know she’s drinking her product at 4 am). But …

5 Things To Know About Sleep And Inflammation 0

5 Things To Know About Sleep And Inflammation

If you pay attention to health issues, you probably hear a lot about inflammation. Chronic inflammation has gotten a lot of attention in recent years as a major contributor to illness and disease.

But how much do you know about the relationship between inflammation and sleep? That relationship brings together two complex and fundamental of the body’s systems—the immune system and our need for sleep. Keeping inflammation in check has big ramifications for our health. Sleeping well may be one way we can guard against the unhealthful inflammation that’s associated with chronic diseases from cancer and heart disease to autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and others.

What is inflammation?

In talking with my patients, I realize that while most of them understand that excessive inflammation can be harmful, many don’t have a strong understanding of what inflammation is, or what it does. Inflammation is a natural, protective biological response from the immune system to fight off harmful foreign pathogens—bacteria, viruses, toxins— that cause illness and disease, and to help the body heal from injury. The symptoms of acute inflammation,

How To Sleep Better On New Year’s Eve, Even If You Stay Out Late 0

How To Sleep Better On New Year’s Eve, Even If You Stay Out Late

Most of the blog posts you will be seeing this week are about what you should do about many different things in the New Year. New Year’s resolutions abound, and I have a few myself. But, what about New Year’s Eve? This is a night celebrated by most everyone, and it usually includes several activities that will influence your sleep.

Let’s face it New Years is a fun holiday where we do a lot of drinking, eating, dancing, watching TV late, and of course celebrating! The big question is: How can we have all the fun and avoid the New Year’s Day exhaustion and start the year off feeling healthy? Here are some things to try this year.

Here’s what to do in the days before your New Year Celebration

  • Slow Your Roll, Before The Big Night. You probably have a good idea of what you’ll be doing for New Years, and you have probably also been doing the holiday thing for a couple of weeks, you really want to lower your level of sleep deprivation prior to Dec 31.
Jet lag is maths related too! 0

Jet lag is maths related too!

I found myself thinking, “Well, if I stay awake for x hours then I will get y sleep,” and so on and this happened for about 3 days! I flew home from Paris to Brisbane and it took me about 4 days to readjust. Normally I am a good sleeper and if I don’t have […]

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10 Of The Most Effective Natural Sleep Aids 0

10 Of The Most Effective Natural Sleep Aids

If you’re a regular reader here, you know I am deeply interested in how to employ natural therapies to help sleep. I’m not alone in that interest: I’m asked all the time about how to treat sleep with supplements and natural remedies.

Over the years, I’ve written in-depth about some of the best-studied, most effective natural sleep aids. As we head into the new year with a focus on prioritizing sleep, I thought I’d share a quick review of some of my top suggestions for natural sleep therapies. These are the supplements that I most often discuss with my patients, and in some cases use for myself and my family.

Below, I’ve shared highlights and key information about some of the top sleep supplements. You can also find links to more in-depth articles for each supplement, which include information about dosing, side effects and interactions with medications and other supplements.

Always consult your doctor before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This is not medical advice, but it is

Is It Ok To Do My Workout Before Bed? 0

Is It Ok To Do My Workout Before Bed?

After my article two weeks ago about the Paleo and Keto diets and sleep, I got a lot of questions about another popular eating plan called Intermittent Fasting, so I wrote a blog post about Intermittent Fasting and Sleep. If you practice fasting or intermittent fasting, I think you’ll find the information very useful. It also ties in nicely with today’s topic.

With the Holidays right around the corner, there are two things I tend to do, eat too much and not exercise enough. This week I read two studies that address both of these issues from a sleep perspective, with some new ideas.

A new study shows that even one night of sleep loss can increase your cravings of junk foods. This was a fun study to read because the protocol was very realistic. Every subject went to the lab for a standardized dinner (this way everyone was eating the same thing and the same amount), then half of the people were asked to go home and sleep while the other half were asked to stay in …

Can Intermittent Fasting Help Sleep? 0

Can Intermittent Fasting Help Sleep?

Last week, I talked about a two very popular diets – Paleo and Keto – and how adopting these eating plans might impact your sleep.

There’s another eating strategy that’s increasingly popular these days and has its own unique relationship to sleep. That’s intermittent fasting. Incorporating fasting into a regular routine is popular among people looking to lose weight and improve their metabolic health. It’s also used by people seeking to sharpen their cognitive skills and slow the aging process.

Fasting—an ancient practice that’s new again

Fasting has an ancient history as a cultural, religious, spiritual and health practice. It’s become very popular in recent years as a tool for weight loss, anti-aging and longevity, and for its benefits to mental and physical health. Intermittent fasting isn’t about what you eat. It’s about when.

(If you’re interested in learning more about the when of eating, including the benefits of establishing daily windows of eating and fasting times, I talk about this in my book, The Power of When.)

When you practice intermittent fasting, you designate regular,

Christmas Gift Guide For The Best Sleep Products Of 2018 0

Christmas Gift Guide For The Best Sleep Products Of 2018

Aktive Sleep Booster
I’m going to start out with a couple of products of my own that I think you’ll like. The first is Aktive Sleep Booster with CBD. Aktive Sleep Booster helps those that struggle with quality sleep. The holidays with extra guests, stress, and all the parties can have an impact on a good night’s sleep. Lack of sleep can have an effect on your mood, health, family and even your job.

Sleep Booster is a proprietary blend formulated with years of experience and research history, infused with 200mg of hemp derived CBD.  It is as easy as 3 to 7 sprays under your tongue as you head to bed in a convenient oral spray to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Sleep Doctor Luminere Blue Light Blocking Glasses + Day Use Sunglasses
If you’re serious about eye protection, and we all should be, you need glasses that are effective at filtering UV-A and UV-B rays. Many glasses (even pricey designer brands) don’t do either well. My sleep doctor Luminere glasses offer both UV-A and UV-B ray protection. The …

How Keto and Paleo Diets Can Affect Your Sleep 0

How Keto and Paleo Diets Can Affect Your Sleep

With the new year approaching, a lot of weight-loss, shape-up and get-healthy plans are getting readied for go-time, January 2. I’m right there with you. I’m enjoying the holiday season and its indulgences, but already thinking about my health and wellness goals for next year.

While a lot of us are still munching on holiday cookies and raising festive toasts, I thought we’d take a look at how some of today’s most popular eating plans affect sleep.

Keto and Paleo—how they work

A lot of today’s go-to diets emphasize protein and fat and minimize carbohydrates. But different eating plans combine these macronutrients in different ways. Before we dive into their impact on sleep, let’s take a quick look at two of the most popular eating plans, and what they entail.

The Ketogenic Diet. A ketogenic diet (or “keto”) focuses on eating fat (and to a lesser extent, protein) while severely limiting carbohydrates. Severely restricting carbohydrates while feeding the body plenty of fat puts the body in a state of ketosis. In ketosis, our bodies begin to aggressively burn fat

Sleeping Well in the Age of Stress 0

Sleeping Well in the Age of Stress

Read the full article here: It’s 3:00 a.m. and you’re wide awake. In six hours you’re going to give the biggest presentation of your career. That is, after you get your kids out of bed, dressed, and off to school. Oh, right. You have to drop your husband at the airport. What else? You […]

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