You know that feeling when you get up well rested, motivated, energized and positive after a deep and long night’s sleep? Many women don’t remember what a restful sleep feels like anymore. Poor sleep affects 70% of Americans and 80% of the women I work with either can’t fall or stay asleep. Furthermore, sleep can have a profound impact on our hormones, appetite, weight, and mood.

To explore the impact of sleep on our hormonal balance, healthy weight and wellbeing, invited Dr. Michael Breus, the acclaimed Sleep Doctor. Thank you to those who submitted your questions, we only had 20 minutes together and he tried to cover as many as he could. Here is the interview.


Points of interest:

1:50  Sleep and inflammation connection and how to measure it (plus, connection to sleep apnea)

2:27  How to determine how many hours of sleep do you really need? (8 hours is not the answer)

4:35  How to calculate sleep deprivation.

6:00  Sleep and weight gain connection; how sleep deprivation impacts metabolism, cortisol, leptin and gherlin hormones that make you put on weight.

7: 40  Why we crave high carb diets, fats, and coffee when sleep deprived.

8:44  Why do you wake up in the middle of the night?

10:53  How trauma can impact your sleep quality.

11:45  How to design your own “power down hour.”

13:00 Learn the 5-4-7 breathing technique.

17:33  Sleep apnea exploration.

21:52  How to shut your brain off before going to bed.

25:30  Free mobile app to help your sleep.