Dr Oz: Insomniacs Research Sleep
Dr Oz shared that he enlisted three of the biggest insomniacs, a former Navy SEAL, a busy working mom, and a newspaper reporter who have all conquered their insomnia and are ready to share how you can finally get sleep tonight. Dr Oz first talked to a Navy SEAL turned medical doctor who overcame many nights of sleeplessness. Dr Kirk Parsley spent his 20s as a U.S. Navy SEAL and was at the peak of physical fitness. He then started medical school and survived on four to five hours of sleep a night. His hair started to fall out, he gained weight and his blood pressure shot up 20 points.
Dr Parsley dove into research to find a connection between nutrition, exercise, and sleep. He put his research into practice and saw drastic changes, eventually leading him back to a military base, teaching soldiers how to sleep better.
Dr Oz: Unbalanced Blood Sugar Causing Sleep Issues
Dr Parsley joined Dr Oz and said your blood sugar levels and inflammation contribute to lack of sleep. He said people who have a hard time keeping their blood sugar level tend to have a hard time sleeping. Dr Oz said the bad sugar makes you restless, and you need to level out your blood sugar in order to have restful sleep.
To know if blood sugar is to blame for your insomnia, he asked if you feel like you’re doing everything right but you still have weight around your middle. Also, if you feel like you crave starches and carbohydrates a lot, and if you have a history of yo-yo dieting, those could be contributing factors. Dr Parsley said all of those things are associated with blood sugar control and he found that people who maintain a good diet and get rid of the ups and downs, get a better night sleep.
Dr Oz: Diet For Better Sleep
Dr Parsley had an eating plan that he recommended not only for those who want to sleep better, but also for anyone who wants to be healthy. He first pointed out that there’s not a lot of white on the plates, but instead there’s a lot of colors and greens. He likes low-glycemic foods that won’t cause your blood sugar levels to go haywire.
The meals contained leafy greens, healthy fats, and proteins for balance.
Dr Oz: Sleep-Deprived Busy Mom
Dr Oz then introduced his audience to a doctor who “thought she knew everything about sleep until she became a mom.” Psychologist Janet Kennedy devoted her life to studying sleep and thought she knew everything on the subject until she had two babies. For the first time in her life, the sleep doctor became sleep-deprived.
Dr Kennedy dove back into her research because she found most sleep advice to be contradictory and confusing. She came up with a new approach to help busy moms get more sleep. She describes herself as a realist when it comes to sleep.
Dr Oz: DIY Wall Massage
Dr Oz and Dr Kennedy talked to a mother of six who is lacking sleep, and Dr Kennedy explained that you need a 15-minute wind-down routine so that you’re not having a stressful experience trying to fall asleep. Dr Kennedy shared that she likes to read fiction, and uses a tennis ball to work out the tension that accumulates in her shoulders and upper back. Simply lean against a wall with a tennis ball in between your back and the wall, moving it around to massage your muscles.
Dr Oz: First & Second Sleep History
Next, Dr Oz turned to reporter David Randall, who has had trouble sleeping most of his adult life. One night he sleep-walked down his hall and into a wall, and he woke up in pain on the floor. That moment inspired David to learn everything possible about the science behind sleep. He interviewed sleep specialists all across the country to find the biggest and most effective sleep secrets.
David said light bulbs contributed to the lack of sleep in history because they tricked out brains and bodies into staying away longer. He explained that 150 years ago, we slept in a completely different way, where we would fall asleep and wake up for about an hour in the middle of the night. Then we would fall back asleep, and that was called the second sleep.
Dr Oz: Lower Body Temperature For Better Sleep
David said what helps you fall asleep is your body temperature falling, and when you’re wrapped up, it can hard for the temperature to fall. Sources of heat include your covers and a sleep partner. One thing you can do is remove your foot from under the covers to let some heat from your body escape from the soles of your feet. Also, keep your hands uncovered for the same reason. David K Randall is the author of Dreamland.