Sleep in the 21st Century

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Countless studies have made the connection between chronic sleep problems and various health concerns ranging from obesity and diabetes to heart disease. In this video, I share with you the keys to getting a good night's sleep to awake rested and ready for the day!

— Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.

In this video, I share with you the keys to getting a good night’s sleep to awake rested and ready for the day! We will explore how sleep and obesity rates correlate- it absolutely fascinates me that in 1960 the average adult slept about 8 and a half hours per night, if we look at the obesity rate at that time, (a BMI of 30 or more) we found that about 13% of the population was obese. Fast forward to 2010, where the average adult gets about six hours of sleep per night, and more than 35% of the population is obese. Coincidence? Hmm…

There is a tremendous amount of research showing that chronic sleep problems can lead to weight gain, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Studies show that as our time asleep declines, it impairs working memory, processing speed, and executive function. Depression and anxiety are higher in people with chronic pain and are also strongly correlated with self-reporting of insufficient sleep. This breeds a vicious forward feeding circle. In this short video, I give you a number of ways to help make sure that you can get the sleep and rest that you need to live an optimal life. After all, sleep is foundational for wellbeing.

 

**This video was taken from a recent Life is Your Best Medicine presentation. If you would like to see this talk in person, please see my events page. You can also pick up a copy of Life is Your Best Medicine here or sign up for my online Life is Your Best Medicine course to walk your best medicine road.**