Good Night, Sleep Tight

Good Night, Sleep Tight

By Women’s International Pharmacy

Sleep is the one thing that humans are unable to give up for any length of time. Even more so than water or food, our body simply shuts down when deprived of it. Yet, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), “more than 100 million Americans of all ages […] regularly fail to get a good night’s sleep” for one reason or another, leading to “a lowered quality of life and reduced personal health.”

Sleep is essential for tissue and cell repair, detoxification, and replenishing energy. Yet, while seemingly at rest, it also allows us to sort and store our memories and experiences, and somehow contributes to enhanced learning and mental performance. The growing field of research is beginning to uncover the details of what happens when we are “at rest,” and we still have much to discover about how it “works” to restore our bodies and minds. (See link for article)


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Lastly, for an interesting read on how time-restricted eating can help with fatigue:


  • One of the most effective ways to optimize your energy and combat fatigue is to implement time-restricted eating (TRE), as it improves your mitochondrial health and metabolic flexibility
  • TRE is a form of intermittent fasting in which you restrict all of your food intake to a certain number of consecutive hours each day. Keeping your eating to a window of six to eight hours a day is an achievable goal for most people
  • Your food intake, which impacts the circadian rhythm of your gut microbiome, and other circadian rhythms are intricately connected, and the more you can realign these circadian rhythms, the better your whole body will function, including your mitochondria
  • You also need to remove dietary and lifestyle factors that cause the energy depletion in the first place. Electromagnetic field exposure is one environmental factor. Leaky gut, caused by lectins in your diet, is another factor that needs to be addressed
  • When food particles are able to cross your gut lining, they cause chronic inflammation that requires a lot of energy to combat, thus causing fatigue and general malaise

For those of you unfamiliar with Dr. Gundry, he believes lectins in plants are killing us.  One must always question ideas that fly in the face of thousands of years of history.  Please see this article for a balanced review of this premise. (Most lectins are neutralized by cooking)  As always: discuss these issues with your practitioner as there may be a good reason for you to avoid them – or not.  Diet, is extremely individual and you need to do what’s best for your body.

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