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The Real Reason We Have Trouble Sleeping | Dr. Todd LePine on The Doctor’s Farmacy with Mark Hyman, MD

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Key Takeaways

  • 70% of Americans have sleep issues and if you don’t feel refreshed upon waking up you probably do too
  • Artificial light is the most prevalent reason why people have sleep issues in modern society
    • LED bulbs have a very high blue spectrum which is what ‘wakes your body’ and suppresses melatonin
  • You can synchronize your circadian rhythm by exposing yourself to sunlight shortly after waking and avoiding artificial light at night
  • Don’t take caffeine after noon and don’t eat late at night if you want to improve your sleep patterns
  • Your body evolved to sense when it’s time to sleep not only by sunlight but also when the temperature drops
    • Lowering your thermostat is essential for most people’s sleep ritual
    • Get a ChiliPad or OOLER. It’s a mattress pad that cools your bed to your desired temp. (Use code PODCASTNOTES25 for 25% Off a ChiliPad or PODCASTNOTES15 for 15% off an OOLER the newer version)
  • Some of the consequences of sleep deprivation:
    • Moodiness, inflammation, decreased intelligence, loss of motor control, higher risk of dementia
    • “You’re actually more mentally impaired with sleep deprivation than you are being drunk” – Todd LePine
  • Avoiding EMF’s while you sleep and/or grounding your body’s electronegativity will give you better sleep
    • You can ground yourself by walking barefoot in dirt or better yet by ‘detoxing’ yourself by camping in nature

Products Mentioned

  • The chiliPAD is a hydro-powered mattress pad allowing you to regulate the temperature of your bed to encourage deeper sleep
  • TrueDark’s light blocking glasses reduce artificial light exposure to manage your circadian rhythm and give you better sleep

Intro

  • Dr. Todd LePine (@digitaldoc69) is a Dartmouth Medical School graduate and is Board Certified in Internal & Functional Medicine. He specializes in a multi-dimensional approach to holistically treating patients.
  • Host: Mark Hyman, M.D. (@drmarkhyman)

Sleep/Wake Cycle

  • 70% of Americans have sleep issues and if you don’t feel refreshed upon waking up you probably do too
    • Animals in nature don’t have these issues because they follow the day/night cycle
  • Artificial light is the most prevalent reason why people have sleep issues in modern society
    • LED bulbs have a very high blue spectrum which is what ‘wakes your body’ and suppresses melatonin
    • A simple solution for this is wearing blue light blocking glasses at night 
  • You can synchronize your circadian rhythm by exposing yourself to sunlight shortly after waking and avoiding artificial light at night
    • Candles are good light sources at night because they don’t suppress your melatonin like LED bulbs
  • Cortisol, the stress hormone, will also prevent you from sleeping if you engage in stressful activities at night
    • When you watch a scary movie it’s the adrenaline & cortisol in your body that makes it hard to sleep
      • This is also why you shouldn’t watch the news at night because the news seeks to create fearful & angry responses to keep you hooked

Food and Drugs

  • People with sleep issues often tire during the day which prompts them to buy stimulants that further inhibits their ability to get proper sleep
    • Sometimes you can fix your problems by taking away medications rather than taking more
  • The half-life of caffeine is about 6 hours so it’ll take 12 hours for 75% of the caffeine in your body to be processed
    • A general rule is to not to take any caffeine in the afternoon
  • Don’t eat late at night because proper sleep requires a fasting state 
    • Digesting while sleeping stores calories rather than metabolizing them which is why sumo wrestlers eat before they sleep in order to gain weight
  • Alcohol causes “rebound insomnia” wherein it initially relaxes you but wakes you up once it wears off
    • Rebound insomnia becomes stronger as you reach your 40’s and beyond
  • Many foods are sprayed with all types of chemicals which we don’t know the full effects of on sleep and overall health
    • Todd recommends erring on the side of caution and eating organic whenever possible

Sleep Hygiene

  • Having a sleep ritual 1-2 hours before bed is incredibly useful in priming your brain for sleep
  • Your body evolved to sense when it’s time to sleep not only by sunlight but also when the temperature drops
    • Lowering your thermostat is essential for most people’s sleep ritual
    • Baths also work in this manner by cooling your body after you step out of the bath
  • Good sleep hygiene not only give you deeper, more restorative sleep but also lets you go to sleep faster

Sleep Deprivation

  • Some of the consequences of sleep deprivation:
    • Moodiness, inflammation, decreased intelligence, loss of motor control, higher risk of dementia
    • “You’re actually more mentally impaired with sleep deprivation than you are being drunk”Todd LePine
  • Your brain is 2% of your body weight yet consumes 25% of your body’s energy
    • The metabolic waste produced by all this activity is cleaned while you sleep
  • Adenosine is one of your brain’s waste products and high levels will signal a need to sleep in your brain
    • Caffeine works by binding to adenosine receptors and inhibiting the signal for you to sleep

EMF’s 

  • The human body is a bioelectrical being that interfaces with energy signals 
    • Many medical devices like ECG’s use your body’s electrical signals to gauge one’s health
  • Avoiding EMF’s while you sleep and/or grounding your body’s electronegativity will give you better sleep
    • You can ground yourself by walking barefoot in dirt or better yet by ‘detoxing’ yourself by camping in nature
  • The effects of all the electromagnetic frequencies around a person in modern society haven’t been comprehensively studied yet
    • Each individual’s sensitivity to EMF’s will vary but some studies have already shown that increased exposure to EMF’s increases your risk of autoimmune disorders
    • Mark’s wife used an EMF detector in their NYC apartment that said there was “Severe Danger” levels of electromagnetic radiation all around them and especially from their phones
  • Mark built a Faraday cage around his bed because of all the EMF’s present in NYC

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