Rants, Rules & Recipes

An Effort to End Nutritional Ignorance

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.

2 comments on “RULE: Sleep

  1. 2weekstolive
    December 29, 2012

    Could you write a blog with your thoughts and treatment recommendations on Adrenal Fatigue, please?

    • rantsrulesandrecipes
      January 1, 2013

      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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