By Dr. Bob
Dr. Hart and I talk about sleep a lot, and not always about how we aren’t getting enough of it. If we were to measure the amount of sleep our patient’s tell us they get, I can pretty confidently say that it is minimal. Most daunting is the fact that it’s not just one subset of the clinic. New moms don’t get any sleep. Studies have shown new parents can lose 50 night’s sleep in their kids first year. Kids and teens don’t get enough sleep. Adults in the work force work too much and can’t sleep. What can we do about sleep?
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1.) First we need to make sure there’s not a medical barrier to sleep.
by: Alicia Hart, ND
There is possibly only one thing that everyone in the country can agree on about this whole dumpster fire of an election season:
This entire election season has been so stressful.
Acute stress can be useful. Sympathetic nervous system changes our physiology in a number of ways. Our blood moves away from our digestive system and fills our muscles with oxygen and tension so that we can run. Visual motion tracking improves though acuity decreases, heart rate and blood pressure go up, our adrenal glands dump adrenaline and cortisol into our circulation, immune system initially tones down inflammation- everything you need to respond to a situation where you might need to run from tigers.
Chronic stress isn’t as useful. Chronic high blood pressure doesn’t help...