A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of talking to the faculty and staff of the Rescue Union School District about sleep health. I wanted to share one key point from the talk because not only is sleep an important issue, but it is also a prevalent one. I think most of us are settling for sleep that doesn't work for us, that doesn't serve our health. But I think it is time that we all reach for sleep that is deliciously relaxing and nourishing. Sleep that you wake up from and feel amazing. Sleep that is so deep that it passes in the blink of the eye. Sleep that is so refreshing that you don't need that alarm clock to get you up. How does that sound?
The key to resolving a sleep disorder is to have a thorough understanding of your sleep.
Most of us don't have a keen awareness of our sleep. We know that we didn't sleep well because we are tired and needed an extra cup of coffee to get us through the day, but we don't know what happened during the night. Maybe we know we woke up a few times in the night, but we are not sure why. Well, in order to figure out the root cause of our sleep issue, we need to understand every aspect of our sleep. We need to understand our sleep environment, we need to understand our sleep behavior and we even need to understand our sleep attitudes. What many people don't realize is that they have access to all the information they need to understand and resolve their sleep disorder. They simply just have to put in the effort of collecting the data. Sometimes, you do need a sleep study to get information about your brain waves or your breathing during sleep, but for most people, this is unnecessary.
Here are some resources to help you dig deeper into your sleep:
- American Academy of Sleep Medicine Sleep Diary: use this to keep track of your sleep schedule to help you identify patterns in your sleep behavior.
- Dysfunctional Beliefs About Sleep Scale: use this to build awareness of your attitudes about sleep. Dysfunctional attitudes can contribute to sleep disorders.
I'm Dr. Carly and my mission is to create a health revolution. I believe that another prescription is not the answer. I believe in using natural therapies that go beyond the symptoms. And I believe that doctors should spend way more than 7 minutes with a patient.