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Why is Sleep So Important?

by Dr. David Minkoff July 13, 2016 2 min read 0 Comments

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. David 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 completed both a Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr Minkoff is one of the most in demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein. The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes cutting-edge nutritional solutions for the many health problems of today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness. Dr. Minkoff is an avid athlete himself and has completed 43 Ironman Triathlons. To keep his fitness maximal, he lives the lifestyle he teachers to others and tries to set an example for others, so they can enjoy a life free of pain and full of energy.



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