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You can control the quality of your sleep.

Fifty to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, and people who use sleeping pills have a 35% higher chance of developing cancer.

What’s going on?

SYMPTOMS OF POOR CIRCADIAN RHYTHM
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Feeling Unrested
  • Fatigue
  • Poor Memory & Cognition
  • Depression
  • Emotional Dysregulation

Build a strong foundation by stacking multiple approaches together to find true, sustainable success with sleep.

SLEEP: Rating Influence

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SLEEP: Discussion

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Influence on sleep:

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Use light to reinforce your circadian rhythm — easily.

The most important step for restoring your circadian rhythm is the quality of light you see in the morning, during the day, and at night.

When light hits the retina, melatonin falls — waking you up.  The brighter — and bluer — this light, the greater the effect.

The nature of the light signals to your brain what time of day it is.

Learn about how light — on both your eyes and skin — affects your ability to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling rested.

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Influence on sleep:

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Bad sleep very often reflects poor gut health.

Fixing the circadian rhythm improves the gut, but the opposite is true, too: Bad gut health can make sleep very, very difficult.

Get control of your digestive system — and its microbiome — to lower inflammation, absorb more nutrients, remove more toxins, and improve your immunity.

Improved hormone production will allow your body to settle into repeatable daily patterns. Digestion and sleep are both hormonal patterns that repeat each day at the same times (for ideal health, at least).

Chronic inflammation from poor digestion causes your blood sugar to fall — and this is a disaster for sleeping through the night.

Falling blood sugar will also trigger cortisol — the hormone of stress — waking you up at night or causing insomnia. Cortisol should be at its lowest during the night, only rising to wake you up for breakfast.

When the body has better gut health, immunity is higher, pathogens are less aggressive, toxicity is lower, nutrients are readily absorbed, and blood sugar is more stable.

This is the formula for great sleep: Start with improving the health of your gut.

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Is your bedroom well-suited for sleep?

A room is healthy for sleep when it has good air quality, light quality, temperature, dust, mold, noise, and EMF levels.  

A healthy person may be able to sleep “anywhere” for a while — but over time a poor sleeping environment will take its toll on anyone. 

If you’ve been struggling with sleep for some time, take stock of your current sleeping environment. This could amount to a big step forward — toward recovery.

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Influence on sleep:

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Popping vitamins…is the risk low?

Unwise over-supplementation commonly interferes with sleep — especially in those who need sleep the most.

On the other hand, when folks take very few supplements, nutrient deficiencies are all but guaranteed if there are any digestive issues whatsoever.

With up to 90% of Americans having both Vitamin D and magnesium deficiencies, is nutrient balance actually a big deal? Deficiencies in other nutrients are not that uncommon. Can they affect sleep? 

Absolutely.

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Mold toxicity has the ability to completely destroy sleep.

Mycotoxins produced by mold are neurotoxic and often very inflammatory.

These toxins in the body contribute to rising inflammation and cortisol, falling blood sugar, and depressed thyroid function. All of these make it hard to stay asleep at night.

Mold can also wreak havoc on the gut, causing poor digestion and even acid reflux when you lay down. Restless limbs and other signs of mineral imbalance and dehydration also point to the possibility of toxicity in the body — potentially from mold exposure.

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Influence on sleep:

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For folks with chronic issues, too much exercise can make sleep worse.

Poor exercise recovery, unstable blood sugar, and elevated stress hormones are common symptoms for the chronically ill — and, sometimes, intense exercise can make those symptoms even worse.

Therefore, know how much exercise is right for you. For some, adapting to a gentle all-day movement lifestyle can reap rewards for sleep.

Movement gently encourages more blood flow and nutrient delivery to the tissues as well as stimulating lymph flow for detoxification and burning up excess glutamate in the body and brain.

For more healthy folks, daily exercise is a critical element of restorative sleep. It cements the circadian rhythm and enables the body to relax more deeply. It’s also great for digestion, another vital factor in great nightly rest.

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