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6 Ways to “Biohack” Your Sleep

6 Ways to “Biohack” Your Sleep

6 Ways to “Biohack” Your Sleep...Naturally

When was the last time you woke up without an alarm, refreshed and didn’t need a big bucket of coffee to get going in the morning?

There’s no question that many of us want more and better sleep! But, with all of the distractions, and stresses of daily life - it’s a wonder how any of us sleep at all...ever!

I blame it on today’s culture of being busy all the time and feeling like we need to hustle through our day in order to succeed. For many, life seems to be a constant state of digital stimulation, hustle and bustle.

Truth is, not getting enough sleep impacts our brain health and memory long term, and even our body’s ability to detoxify and renew itself through cellular turnover and repair. 

So, it’s really no wonder that we’re seeing an exponential increase in diseases like obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune disorders, and adrenal dysregulation. In fact, lack of sleep messes with many of our hormones - and you know what happens when our hormones aren’t happy!

Speaking of hormones - did you know that we have 400 times more MELATONIN (the body’s natural “sleep hormone”) in our gut than in our brains? That’s reason enough to focus on gut health as part of a healthy sleep routine!

Stress and Your Adrenals- What Is Adrenal Fatigue?

Stress and Your Adrenals- What Is Adrenal Fatigue?

Stress and Your Adrenals- What Is Adrenal Fatigue?

Stressed? Tired? Craving sugar? Can’t sleep?

These are all common complaints from my clients, so maybe you have these problems too.

All of these can be related to the constant stress we feel in our lives. We know that stress can have a huge impact on our health and wellness. And, since your adrenal glands produce stress hormones, adrenal fatigue (or “HPA Axis Dysregulation,”) is a popular theme lately.

Your adrenal glands look like walnuts that live on top of both of your kidneys. These important glands produce many hormones, including stress hormones.

But what happens when they become “overworked?”

You’ve heard of “adrenaline junkies,” right?

Adrenaline and cortisol are the stress hormones that give you the commonly known adrenaline rush; when you're totally alert and living in the moment. This feeling is known as your body's "fight or flight" response.

Some people (perhaps you?) just love that intense feeling.

The release of hormones in the fight or flight response is your body's normal reaction to stress.  Stress can sometimes be positive, like when it helps you swerve and prevent a crash.

After a short time, the flight or flight response dissipates, your body goes back to normal, and all is good. 

But what would happen if you felt constant stress? Like all day, every day? Like “chronic” stress?

Healthy Summer BBQ Meals

Healthy Summer BBQ Meals

Healthy Summer BBQ Meals

Dining outside on a warm summer night is one of my favorite parts of the season - from picnics at the park to big backyard barbecue gatherings, many memories are made as we gather around a table to enjoy a meal alfresco. 

Unfortunately, much of what we put out on the grill isn't so good for us.  If you're looking to host an outdoor barbecue with healthier options than the typical hot dogs, hamburgers, and ribs - take a look below for some tasty yet healthy suggestions.

Food Journaling- And Why You Need To Try It

Food Journaling- And Why You Need To Try It

Food Journalling- And Why You Need To Try It

Writing down everything you eat throughout the day can unlock so many clues as to what foods work best for you, and what foods may be negatively affecting you without you even realizing. 

And it doesn’t have to be as hard as it may sound.

It can be as simple as carrying a small notebook around in your purse, or even as quick as downloading a Food Journaling app on your phone to keep track.  There are many great ones to choose from if you search for food journaling in your phone's app store.

TIP: If you read to the end of this post, you can grab the one I use with my clients for FREE! It comes with a short training so you know exactly how to use it and what to watch for.