Why is Sleep So Important?

by Dr. David Minkoff July 13, 2016 2 min read

Why is Sleep So Important?

Millions of Americans suffer from sleepless nights. According to a 2011 Sleep in America poll, 63% of Americans say their sleep requirements aren't met—particularly during the week—and that this negatively impacts their mood, family life, home responsibilities and social life.

A good night’s sleep, on the other hand, is positively associated with improved memory, learning, immune function and metabolism. Here are several ideas to help the sleep-deprived become the sleep-satisfied.

Charles Czeisler MD, from the Harvard Medical School Sleep Program explains that daytime artificial lighting slows the release of melatonin—the sleep-promoting hormone, and it "shifts circadian rhythms to a later hour—making it more difficult to fall asleep." Circadian rhythm is the 24-hour sleep/wake cycle. Suggestions include minimizing exposure to artificial light before bed (TV, cells, computers etc.) and not sleeping with lights or TV on.

Here are some tips from experts to help you get to sleep:

  • Allison Harvey, PhD, sleep expert at UC Berkley says, "Take a look at your bedtime habits. Create a relaxing wind-down routine and turn down the lights."
  • Set a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same times each day.
  • Expose yourself to bright light in the morning and avoid it at night. Dim your lights when it's close to bedtime.
  • Create a cool, comfortable sleep environment. If you're finding that entertainment or work-related communications are creating anxiety, remove these distractions well before bedtime.
  • Keep a "worry book" next to your bed. If you wake up because of concerns or worries, write them down, then let them go until morning.

Next, wind down with sleep-supportive products from BodyHealth:

 

All-Natural Sleep Product #1—Healthy Sleep Ultra*

Developed by BodyHealth’s founder Dr. David Minkoff M.D., Healthy Sleep Ultra is designed to support a healthy sleep/wake cycle through natural substances made in your body: the hormone melatonin and the neurotransmitter serotonin to promote a restorative sleep. In addition to other ingredients, it also contains two amino acids that have sleep-promoting and relaxing effects—L-Glycine and L-Glutamine. With no morning grogginess, you can take it even in the middle of the night to promote a restful sleep.

 

All-Natural Sleep Product #2—Optimum Sleep Assist*

If you prefer herbal-based products, Optimum Sleep Assist will help you drop off so your body can actively repair itself while you sleep. In addition to melatonin, it contains:

  • Velvet Antler: Velvet antler is a rich source of IGF-I, a hormone-like substance known to promote restful sleep, and feeling vitalized upon awakening.
  • Bovine Colostrum: nature's first milk—also contains IGF-I to encourage rest.
  • Mucuna: a bean-like substance and great source of L-dopa, a precursor to dopamine that supports sleep, mood and a variety of other bodily functions.

All-natural sleep products Healthy Sleep Ultra and Optimum Sleep Assist promote a restorative, blissful night's sleep. They can be taken separately, or in combination for those needing a little extra help dozing off.

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then worked as an attending physician in infectious disease, co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine until 1995. In 1997, his interest in alternative and complementary medicine led him to open LifeWorks Wellness Center, which has become one of the foremost alternative medicine clinics in the U.S. His search to find a source of the highest quality nutritional supplements led him to establish BodyHealth in 2000, a resource that could provide doctors with the best possible supplementation and education for their patients. Today, the BodyHealth products are used by hundreds of practitioners and individual consumers who seek all-natural wellness and detoxification supplements with a demonstrated high level of quality and effectiveness. In addition to their use by patients looking to heal disease, the BodyHealth products are also used by sports enthusiasts interested in achieving and maintaining optimal performance. As a 42-time Ironman triathlon finisher, (including 8 appearances at the Ironman World Championships) Dr. Minkoff has first-hand experience to help athletes achieve optimum conditioning. His expertise in protein synthesis, detoxification, and nutrition allow them to run, swim, and bike faster and longer. Today, Dr. Minkoff is an alternative healthcare expert, guest lecturer, writer, tv and radio show guest. He also authors two weekly newsletters, the BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter and the Optimum Health Report.


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