Sleep as Medicine

“Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” These words from Benjamin Franklin couldn’t be more true. Today, so many of us don’t get enough sleep, and as a result, we’re left to deal with reduced life expectancy, less energy, more anxiety, and numerous other negative health effects.

Today, I talk about the importance of sleep. I list the many health hazards of not getting enough sleep, and I talk about the four stages of sleep. I share how much sleep you should be getting per night to avoid shortchanging your short- and long-term health and life expectancy. I go into the science behind your body’s need for and response to sleep, and I offer tips to get a better night’s sleep. I note that your daytime habits affect your sleep quality, and I mention the power of gratitude. I note the negative effects of alcohol and the positive effects of early exercise on your sleep.

“If you want to live with more vitality, value your sleep.”
– Dr. Mark Rowe

This week on In the Doctor’s Chair

  • The health hazards of not getting enough sleep
  • The fours stages of sleep
  • How much sleep should you get per night?
  • How long should your naps be?
  • Tips for better sleep
  • The power of gratitude
  • The power of exercise

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