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Motivation: Summer Sleep Schedule

In this Motivation, Dr. Palermo talks about sticking to your regular sleep schedule this summer. With a relaxed schedule, sometimes we fall into the pattern of going to bed later and then sleeping later. This can make it harder to return to a normal schedule in the fall. Learn more in today’s Motivation and work on that sleep routine! ...

Summer Simplified: Optimizing Sleep

We have finally reached the dog days of summer. School is out, and the schedules are much less complicated and rigid, but it is important we do not become too relaxed. Sometimes letting down our guard completely and moving to a vacation attitude, we lose track of the lifestyle factors that can maintain health only to find we need a complete reboot in September. Eating is simple and easy, yet sometimes ease can be associated with more calories through excess alcohol, snacks, and treats. Though schedules may be relaxed, this loss of structure, along with travel, can allow unhealthy habits to creep in and persist into the fall. The goal is to keep you on your healthiest track without complicating your summer relaxation goals. Summer needs to be...

Sleep Must Be a Priority

[caption id="attachment_4832" align="alignleft" width="300"] Nancy A. Palermo MD[/caption] Getting quality sleep is foundational for optimal health yet one out of every three Americans is not getting sufficient sleep. This reduction in sleep quantity and quality is leading to an array of health issues including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and mental disease. The conventional approach to sleep issues is a pill but this is not without side effects. Prescription sleep aids are associated with reduced sleep quality and even worse they pose a 5 times greater risk of memory and concentration problems, 2 times increased risk of falls and fractures, and 2 times the great risk of motor vehicle accidents. Long-term use is also associated with parasomnias-abnormal behaviors like sleepwalking, sleep eating, and sleep-driving. Recent data has shown...

Motivation: Sleep

Dr. Palermo talks about the importance of sleep in this week's Motivation! Did you know that growth hormones and testosterone are produced while you sleep? It is also essential for brain clean-up and immunity. If you aren’t getting enough rest (less than 5 hours of sleep), insulin resistance can increase due to the rise of insulin levels the following day. Learn more about why you should get at least 7 hours of sleep each night and why those sleeping pills may not be the quick fix you are looking for! ...

Motivation: Sleep Quality & Heart Health

Did you know that our sleep quality can affect a healthy heart? Thrive’s health coach, Amy Carroll, discusses ways to improve sleep quality in this week's Motivation! Please call our office if you would like to learn more about our health coaching + packages, and don't forget to read this article defining Health Coaching and why you might benefit from signing up for a session! ...

Suggestions for Better Sleep

To help prepare for Daylight Saving time, let's look back at a great resource.  Suggestions for Better Sleep Courtesy of the Institute of Functional Medicine  MINIMIZE OR AVOID STIMULANTS Avoid alcohol within 3 hours of bedtime. Avoid caffeine-containing beverages or foods after 2 pm; if sensitive to caffeine, avoid it after 12 noon. Avoid Sudafed or other decongestant cold medicines at night. Some medications may have stimulating effects. Complete any aerobic exercise before 6 pm.   NIGHTTIME TENSION AND ANXIETY Avoid anxiety-provoking activities close to bedtime. Avoid watching the news before going to bed. Avoid reading stimulating, exciting materials in bed. Avoid paying bills before bed. Avoid checking your financial reports or the stock market before bedtime. Avoid arguments before bedtime. Try to achieve some action plan or resolution...

Why prescription sleep aids are not a long term solution

According to the CDC, one in three Americans has trouble getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep a night. While getting enough sleep is integral to your health, one of the most common solutions might be doing more harm than good. Prescription sleep medicine is commonly prescribed to patients who have trouble sleeping, but it’s not helpful in the long run. The Harm of Long-Term Use Prescription sleep medicine might be okay to use short-term, but side effects become more dangerous the longer it’s used. Depending on the prescription, side effects can range from changes in appetite, daytime drowsiness, and heartburn to memory problems, stomach pain, and uncontrollable shaking in the body. Some prescription sleep medicines can be addictive along with harmful side effects if used for an extended...