• Steve Santora

"Why we Sleep"

Updated: May 10, 2019

I've just ordered this book and heard good reviews. It addresses a commonly under utilized health strategy; getting better sleep and goes into detail on why it's important. All of us deal with sleep issues of one type or another and learning even something about the subject will likely improve your life. I'm currently in the process of trying to get a sleep system or process down that works for me. I have tried many things and just need to get down a repeatable pre-sleep plan. My current natural supplements consist of Magnesium, Ashwaganda, nose strips, and occasionally melatonin. Of course, limiting alcohol is a big one for me. Hoping for the best. As the title states the book gets into the why of sleep and what our bodies are doing during this period. It amazes me that little is ever discussed about how our body repairs itself during sleep. Also, about how much we put our health at risk with reduced sleep and what that actually means. The author gets into the physical and biological processes that are affected. Here's some top tips from the book:1. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even after a bad night’s sleep or on the weekend.2. Keep your bedroom temperature cool; about 65 degrees Fahrenheit is optimal for cooling your body towards sleep. Wear socks if your feet are cold.3. An hour before bedtime, dim the lights and turn off all screens. Blackout curtains are helpful. If you can’t sleep, get out of bed and do something quiet and relaxing until the urge to sleep returns. Then go back to bed.4. Avoid caffeine after 1 p.m. and never go to bed tipsy. Alcohol is a sedative and sedation is not sleep. It also blocks your REM dream sleep, an important part of the sleep cycle. * Note: Adults over 45 are 200% more likely to suffer heart attack and stroke after regularly sleeping less than 6 hrs. ** How ambien induced sleep resulted in a 50% reduction in the learned connections during a day when studied with lab animals. *** Dr. Walkers website- https://www.sleepdiplomat.com/ **** Twitter @sleepdiplomat


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