Sleep has long been considered by naturopathic doctors to be a foundation of health. We all know that we can be grumpy without adequate sleep, but there’s been an explosion of science in recent years that have linked poor quality sleep to everything from high blood pressure to chronic pain to obesity. A recent article in The Seattle Times focused on the importance of maintaining a cool sleeping environment — this is something I’ve told my patients for years. In addition to this, ensure absolute darkness at night — this helps to enhance your body’s natural production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. Shut off all screens (TV, computer, whatever electronic devices) at least 30-60 minutes before bedtime.
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