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The Importance of Sleep – and how to get a good night’s sleep!

How did you sleep last night?

If you are like many people you either had trouble getting to sleep, woke multiple times in the night, or spent an hour or two wide awake, and for some people it is a combination of all three.

Most of my clients usually schedule a consultation with me so that I can help them improve their digestion, address fatigue, or help with hormonal imbalances like thyroid, adrenal, PMS, menopause or fertility issues. But one of the first questions I ask clients is how well they sleep, and how long they sleep for!

We Are Sleeping Less Than Ever

Many people complain of trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, some people tell me that they sleep great, but it is only for 6 or maybe 7 hours a night.

The average person is sleeping 1-2 hours less now than 100 years ago, and the health consequences caused by this lack of sleep go far beyond just feeling tired during the day.

Often is seen as a badge of honour how busy you are and how little sleep you are getting, but less sleep not only affects your health, but usually leaves you less productive.

While you can survive for a long time on less than 7 hours of sleep a night, it is impossible to thrive! Poor sleep is associated with many health problems, because of the increased stress and inflammation that it causes, including seemingly unrelated health issues that you would not think would be related to poor sleep, like digestion and hormone problems.

Poor quality sleep, or a lack of sleep can cause

  • Fatigue
  • Increased risk of accidents
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Weight gain and food cravings
  • Even disrupt your gut microbiome (the fancy way of saying you will have bad bugs in your gut)

If this sounds like you I recommend the Sound Asleep in 21 Nights Course

How To Improve Your Sleep

If you can’t sleep and you visit your doctor for help the only option they will offer is sleeping pills.

While a pharmaceutical medication will certainly get you to “sleep” it is not the same quality of sleep as a natural sleep cycle. With medication you are knocked unconscious, but you don’t get the benefits of a natural sleep cycle.

For some people making some simple changes is all that is needed to improve your sleep, but for people with chronic sleeping problems you need to go beyond the basic sleeping tips.

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Cat’s are expert sleepers 🙂

Basic sleeping tips include:

  • Have a regular sleep and wake routine
  • Reduce screens at night
  • Practice meditation or stress reduction techniques

If you have made positive changes to your sleep habits but still not sleeping, it may require a systematic approach to get your sleep back on track.

This is when I recommend the Alex Fergus “Sound Asleep in 21 Nights” course.

The Sound Asleep in 21 nights is not promoting a new magic pill or potion, but a step by step system to help you get back to sleeping soundly through the night.

The flow on affects from sleeping well will help many aspects of your health, both short and long term by reducing inflammation, promoting positive hormone balance and boosting your immune system.

The Sound Asleep in 21 nights system can be implemented by both young and old, and teaching good sleeping habits to kids and teenagers is just important as teaching them to eat well 🙂

Find out more about “Sound Asleep in 21 Nights”

About the Author Michael

Michael is head consultant at Planet Naturopath - Functional Medicine and Nutrition Solutions. He is a registered naturopath with the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA) and works with clients from all over the world via video or phone consultations. He is a degree qualified naturopath from the Endeavour College of Natural Medicine in Australia with 18 years of experience. He uses advanced testing methods, nutritional medicine, herbal medicine, and lifestyle advice to help you stay healthy. He is a Kalish Method-trained practitioner that keeps updating his education with Chris Kresser. Michael completed Dr. Terry Wahls practitioner training program, a 12-month program with ongoing training that helps understand the underlying cause and treatment of MS and autoimmune conditions. He keeps up to date with the latest research into health and natural medicine through the Metabolic Fitness Pro course with Dr. Bryan Walsh.

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