Sleep, Weight & Health

Sleep

Poor sleep has profound effects on our health, from mood, weight and hormone balance to name just a few.

Take a look at one of our sleep hormones, Melatonin. Melatonin benefits eye health, can help reduces tinnitus, improves mood,, has a neuroprotective effect, several anti-cancer properties and it can also stop your body from gaining more fat.

Melatonin’s main role within the body is to help regulate certain hormones and maintain the body’s circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is an internal 24-hour “clock” that plays a critical role in when we fall asleep and when we wake up.  When light stops hitting our eyes, our body is triggered to start producing melatonin from the pineal gland, and this process is reversed when the light begins to increase again.

Melatonin production is stimulated by darkness and suppressed by light, which is why your levels should be highest just prior to bedtime. We prescribe a very strict sleep hygiene protocol because we know how important sleep is to your health and your hormone cascade.

Weight

Being overweight significantly increases the risk of multiple debilitating diseases including cardiovascular disease, arthritis, high blood pressure, and malignancies such as breast, prostate, pancreatic and colon cancer. Excess body weight also affects mobility, interferes with restful sleep, contributes to digestive disorders, and can contribute to an overall lower quality of life than that enjoyed by lean individuals. Obesity results in shortening of the life span by an average of eight to 10 years compared with people at normal weight.

Many people struggle to get to a healthy body weight despite genuine efforts to decrease food consumption and increase energy expenditure. Although genetics play a part in obesity, it is much more complex in nature. Here are the other factors that affect your ability to lose weight that are often overlooked:

  • Insulin sensitivity
  • Hormone balance
  • Control rate of carbohydrate absorption
  • Restore brain serotonin / Suppress hunger signals
  • Sleep effect on hormones
  • Restore healthy adipocyte (fat cell) signaling
  • Inhibit the lipase enzyme

Weight management is not only an issue of appearance.

Health risks of being overweight include diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, stroke, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, infertility, decreased brain function.

All contributing factors are looked at in assisting you to reach your optimal weight including your sleep hygiene, lifestyle, nutrition and hormone/metabolic analysis. This kind of comprehensive program provides a far greater chance of success than fad diets alone.

During your visit all the options will be discussed in detail so that you can make an informed decision that fits your lifestyle. Our goal is to provide support and education so that you succeed.