RULE: Sleep

Have you heard the phrase “I’ll sleep when I’m dead?” I used to think this was clever, I now know how important sleep really is!

There is a reason there is a Starbucks on every corner, and it’s because most of us do not get enough sleep.  But how much is enough? 4 hours is not enough, neither is 6.  A lot of patients tell me “I don’t need much sleep”. Then I remind them, they are in the doctor’s office, so something is bothering them.

Sleep is when the body heals. Sleep is when your body grows–when your blood cells regenerate, your skin cells rejuvenate, your mind rests so you can tackle tomorrow.  sleep well

With regards to weight, people who get less than 8 hours and those who work the night shift often weigh more than their well-slept counterparts.

Not enough sleep increases your body’s secretion of Ghrelin (the hormone that makes you feel hungry) and decreases your body’s production of leptin (the hormone that makes you feel full). Two huge reasons to get more sleep!

Lack of sleep throws the body into a stressed state, which causes a rise in cortisol.  Cortisol is that stress hormone that causes free radicals, which in turn causes more rapid aging and propensity to illness (from colds to cancer) two more reasons to get 8 hours of sleep. Every night.

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

2 thoughts on “RULE: Sleep

    1. Thanks for the request, I will do my best to get one in soon, I have a few others scheduled to post first, but in general, minimizing chemicalized foods, eating more organic leafy green vegetables, 1/2 your body weight in ounces of filtered water daily will help. Anything that taxes the adrenals (stress, salt, sugar, poor sleep, etc) should be avoided, but that’s a tall task! I also recommend supplementing, with a high quality product (most of whats on the drug store shelves does not qualify). I use and recommend these

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