Sleep issues are common, they are everywhere, and almost every single person will face sleep challenges at some point in their life. This is why it is important to be aware of these issues, which is what Dr. John Neustadt is here to talk with us about today.
A real expert in sleep, voted the best doctor among all physicians in the Best of Bozeman survey, having published over 100 research reviews and known as a top 10 cited author by Elsevier, John is the go-to doctor for all things sleep and its important role in healing.
John is here to shine a light on common sleep disorders such as transient insomnia, restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea, distinguish between quality versus quantity of sleep, and provide natural ways to support yourself falling asleep or staying asleep. Find out how much sleep you really need, how to avoid social jet lag and the number one determinant of good sleep.
Sleep is a major player in our health, well being, hormonal function, and everything in between. It is only by understanding the right questions to ask around sleep, medications and their risks, and your own unique sleep architecture that you can learn how to advocate for yourself and start sleeping the way your body and mind deserves.
Are you ready to stop putting blocks in front of your own healing and start sleeping better? Share your sleep struggles with us in the comments below.
In This Episode
- Natural ways you can fall asleep faster and get more restful sleep
- Why your pharmacist should be an important part of your health team
- Ways to help yourself promote your bodies natural sleep rhythms without medication
- The role dreaming plays in your health and reflecting on your inner struggles
- Why you need to stop ‘should-ing’ all over yourself and make your room a tech-free zone
“The research is very clear that the average number of sleep we should be getting is eight hours a night. Unfortunately what has happened is the number of hours of sleep people are getting per night has been steadily declining by about 20% of the last century.” (4:33)
“A lot of people I think view working hard and playing hard and not getting a full night’s sleep as sort of a badge of honor. I actually take the opposite view. It is not actually work ethic when it starts to interfere with our health, when it starts to cause not only physical disease but emotional stress and psychological problems, the list goes on and on.” (5:13)
“You are ultimately who is in charge, you are the boss, we work for you. You need to make sure that you are getting the service that is important to you, you are getting the information that is important to you, you’re getting what you need.” (19:17)
“I think dreaming gives us an opportunity to reflect and if we are having uneasy dreams, if we are having dreams that are disconcerting, that is our mind and our body struggling withs something, something is not right.” (31:42)
“If I were only to focus on [biochemistry] I would really be doing a disservice to my mentors, to my training, to the memory of naturopathic physicians who came before me who were integral in having this profession and keeping this medicine alive.” (42:55)