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Sleep Fix Workshop – Why We Sleep

One out of three Americans does not get sufficient sleep and over 60% of Americans have difficulty sleeping most nights. Recent data shows every health outcome is improved by a good night's sleep. As more and more research points to sleep as a foundational component to prevention and even reversal of chronic disease, it is important that sleep be addressed to optimize our health. [mkdf_blockquote text="If you are not sleeping, then you are not healthy." title_tag="h2" width=""] Starting in July we will have a new online workshop to download. Our Sleep Fix workshop offers education and motivation to optimize your sleep and your health while giving you the information needed to Thrive in your day-to-day life. This workshop includes 2+ hour educational presentation :30 Minute guide on tips...

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...

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...

3 Natural Sleep Aids for Better Sleep

Getting 7-9 hours of sleep at night is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Sleeping enough boosts the immune systems, improves mood and memory, and lowers the risk of serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. According to the CDC 1 in 3 Americans don’t get enough sleep. While many Americans turn to sleeping pills, there is a healthier solution — natural sleep aids. Here are three natural sleep aids which can improve your sleep, and your overall health, naturally. 1) Melatonin THRIVE’s Melatonin PR 3 mg supplement provides a natural dose of melatonin to make your sleep quality better. Melatonin is one of the most common sleeping supplements and for a good reason. Best taken 90 minutes before bedtime,...

Evening Rituals for a Good Night's Rest

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Suggestions for Better Sleep

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 of a discussion or argument before trying to go to sleep. Avoid repeated negative...