Sleep is something most of us take for granted. It is very easy to dismiss the importance of sleep and exchange the time we should be sleeping for something we view as more important. That could be getting up early to work out or capture "magic time" for work. Unfortunately, many people exchange precious sleep for evening habits such as binge watching Netflix or drinking alcohol to change their state. No matter why the reason you have lost your sleep window it's time to get it back.
We evaluate genetics in all of our patients. Evidence suggests that some people need more sleep than others and we can even predict if you are naturally a night owl or an early riser. This information is helpful but no matter the answer you still need at least an 8 hour window to sleep. This yields around 7 hours of real sleep for most. Many people need more to fully recover and prepare for the day ahead. Here are some or our favorite tools to help!
Matthew Walker is a professor of neuroscience at UC Berkeley. He wrote the international best seller Why We Sleep which changed my world. If you question whether or not we need sleep you must read this book. He also has a podcast where he dives deep into these topics if you prefer that format. Learning why the body has preserved this behavior for millions of years is key in creating your own habits around it in our overscheduled culture.
Once you've decided to tackle this issue it's important to have a plan. Knowing what you're starting with can be helpful. What gets measured gets managed!!! The OHH resource page has links to both the Oura ring as well as the Whoop strap. These two devices are our favorite for measuring sleep and recovery. I wear both and have for years.
If you are tracking and still struggling to get to sleep there are numerous habits that can help. That's where a team of experts can help. Many people rely on a sleep aid to help them make that transition to slumber. It's probably best to avoid them if you can but an adaptogenic remedy has little risk. The company Proper Sleep makes our preferred product and has versions with and without sustained release melatonin and CBD depending on your preferences and needs. You can access a link to their products here.
As patients of OHH you are already working on sleep. You already know your genetics. If you feel you haven't mastered the behaviors around sleep yet and need more assistance make sure you reach out to your team!!!!
If you struggle with sleep please know that we are the team to help you. With a deep understanding of the behaviors, tools and aids that can help you get real quality sleep we are the team to put it together for you. There is hope and if you are one of the millions of Americans that struggles with sleep it's critical that you ask for help. Reach out to schedule your FREE consultation to learn how we can serve you and help you optimize your life!