• Hooray! Mainstream Medicine is Onboard

    by Dr. Susan Sklar
    on Feb 26th, 2015

We know that good sleep is foundational to good health.  Lack of sleep contributes to weight gain by unbalancing important weight hormones that are released during sleep.  It also causes blood sugar problems that can lead to diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Lack of deep sleep impairs your ability to make Human Growth Hormone, the most healing and restorative hormone of all. Lack of sleep contributes to depression and anxiety. Not enough sleep keeps you in a state of chronic low grade inflammation that is the cause of all chronic illnesses.

The problem with most sleep aids prescribed by doctors is that they don’t work very well and they are addictive. The most commonly used one, Ambien, only adds a few minutes to your night of sleep.

Frequently patients find that they need increasing doses because they have built up tolerance to it (which is the definition of addiction). So, how to get that restorative sleep that is so important to feeling good and staying healthy? What can you do that won’t leave you feeling groggy the next morning and has absolutely no side effects?

MEDITATION!

The Journal of the American Medical Association http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2110998 published a recent study on the effects of Mindfulness Meditation on sleep. A small study conducted at the University of Southern California on older adults (average age 66) showed that fatigue, depression, and insomnia improved in the group who did Mindfulness Meditation compared with a group who received stand information about sleep.

The benefits of meditation and deep breathing for sleep have been known for a long time.  What’s new and wonderful is the fact that an alternative treatment to pharmaceuticals has been studied at a major medical institution and published in a mainstream medical journal!   Here’s to your good sleep.

For Free Guided Meditations go to UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center: http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22

Author Dr. Susan Sklar

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