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Stimulants and Sedatives: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Stimulants and sedatives, they are a push-pull solution to our stress-packed world that are nothing but trouble. In our go-go-go world, we see not only our patients but also ourselves at times drawn to substances that serve as stimulants to keep us going, and sedatives to help us relax. Whether the stimulants and sedatives are as mild as caffeine and a glass of wine at the end of the day

Sleep and Relaxation Support

Eight Supplements for Sleep and Relaxation Support – STAT!

As mentioned in previous articles, phosphatidylserine, ashwagandha, and melatonin, provide a wide array of nutraceuticals with evidence that backs their use for sleep and relaxation support. In clinical practice however, we often lack the time to do a deep dive into the data behind these tools and tend to avoid using supplements we do not have time to fully research. A short summary of the mechanisms of action and clinical

adaptogens

The Day the Coffee Doesn’t Do It…Stress-balancing Action of Adaptogens

We’ve all been there at least once. Whether it be a list of deadlines, a high-stakes presentation the next day, early morning travel, or a crying infant keeping you awake all night, we all have those 24 hours when our sleep is absolutely shot, and yet we have to make it through another challenging day. Nerves frazzled, we pour that morning coffee and hope for the best. But what if

cytokines and inflammation

How Cytokines and Inflammation Relate to Sleep (Napping Encouraged!)

In this article we explore the science behind how cytokines and inflammation relate to sleep. So many individuals experience a lack of sleep in overall quantity or quality, whether it be due to nighttime awakenings to care for children or loved ones, a job that is demanding or requires work at evening hours, or other health conditions that contribute to insomnia. As healthcare practitioners, on a daily basis we likely

Insomnia and Disrupted Sleep

Melatonin: Coping with the Difficulties of Insomnia and Disrupted Sleep

Many a time in life when stress hormones are flying, our patients experience the unfortunate experience of insomnia and disrputed sleep. The experience of insomnia is not uncommon, with about one-third to two-thirds of adults in cross-sectional surveys describing insomnia symptoms of any severity, with 10 to 15% of individuals describing chronic insomnia which bleeds into daytime difficulties as well.1,2 Sleep difficulties are more common in women, individuals who are

Relaxation and Healthy Sleep

Ancient Remedies of Chinese Medicine and from the Celts Support Relaxation and Healthy Sleep

In addition to popular botanicals and botanically-derived substances like ashwagandha and L-theanine, many other natural agents that support relaxation and healthy sleep also exist. As practitioners, the more tools we can have in our toolkit the better, as almost daily we encounter someone who has “tried everything,” reacts paradoxically, or has allergies or other reasons for avoidance of many of well-thought out and studied things we might suggest. A combination

Brief Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia Cuts Costs

With as few as three cognitive therapy treatments, patients can see significant improvement in sleep and reduced medical costs. This study shows how addressing sleep disorders can reduce health-care costs and improve patient outcomes for overall wellness. This research is the first to outline how brief treatments with cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI) can decrease health care utilization (HCU) costs. The study results appeared in the Journal of Clinical

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Stimulants and Sedatives: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Stimulants and sedatives, they are a push-pull solution to our stress-packed world that are nothing but trouble. In our go-go-go world, we see not only our patients but also ourselves at times drawn to substances that serve as stimulants to keep us going, and sedatives to help us relax. Whether

Eight Supplements for Sleep and Relaxation Support – STAT!

As mentioned in previous articles, phosphatidylserine, ashwagandha, and melatonin, provide a wide array of nutraceuticals with evidence that backs their use for sleep and relaxation support. In clinical practice however, we often lack the time to do a deep dive into the data behind these tools and tend to avoid

How Cytokines and Inflammation Relate to Sleep (Napping Encouraged!)

In this article we explore the science behind how cytokines and inflammation relate to sleep. So many individuals experience a lack of sleep in overall quantity or quality, whether it be due to nighttime awakenings to care for children or loved ones, a job that is demanding or requires work

Melatonin: Coping with the Difficulties of Insomnia and Disrupted Sleep

Many a time in life when stress hormones are flying, our patients experience the unfortunate experience of insomnia and disrputed sleep. The experience of insomnia is not uncommon, with about one-third to two-thirds of adults in cross-sectional surveys describing insomnia symptoms of any severity, with 10 to 15% of individuals

Brief Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia Cuts Costs

With as few as three cognitive therapy treatments, patients can see significant improvement in sleep and reduced medical costs. This study shows how addressing sleep disorders can reduce health-care costs and improve patient outcomes for overall wellness. This research is the first to outline how brief treatments with cognitive behavioral