Get Rested: Solid Sleep for Health and Well-being with Dr. Seema Kholsa & Julie Wright
Original Air Date Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Being sleep-deprived leaves us vulnerable to sickness and disease, both physical and mental.
Plus, during the pandemic protecting our immune system is of the utmost importance as it is the surest way to stave off a sometimes deadly, long-haul virus. Most of us know the benefits of getting more and better sleep but few of us know how we can achieve it. To uncover the key components of how to sleep more solidly and become more rested, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two sleep experts about the main factors that prohibit us from sleeping and how we can increase well-being through better sleep. The host of the Talking Sleep podcast, Dr. Seema Kholsa describes the effects of COVID on sleep patterns and sleep apnea and ways to fall asleep more quickly. And, author of The Natural Sleeper: A Bedside Guide to Complementary and Alternative Solutions to Better Sleep, Julie Wright, describes which natural substances aid the body when falling asleep and alternative therapies that promote sleeping more soundly.
Dr. Seema Kholsa — Solid Sleep for Health and Well-being:
- Investigating the changes in sleep and sleep apnea brought on by COVID. [1:39]
- The silver lining of COVID is that people who work from home can exchange driving time for sleep time. [5:53]
- Dr. Seema Kholsa describes the changes in her household habits based on the new COVID culture timelines. [8:50]
- Having more sex and using electronic devices less is the key to solid sleep and better health. [9:58]
- The science of tapigraphy studies smartphone tap patterns. [17:06]
- Dr. Kholsa’s advice for what to do if you can not sleep. [19:59]
- The two main factors that lead to falling asleep. [22:06]
Seema Khosla MD is Medical Director of the North Dakota Center for Sleep. She is a fellow of the College of Chest Physicians as well as the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. She also serves as medical advisor for MedBridge Healthcare and is the host of the AASM podcast Talking Sleep.
Julie Wright — How to Become More Rested:
- As an insomniac, Julie was never able to shake off terrible sleep patterns so she started her business and wrote a book to help others achieve solid sleep. [31:05]
- When we achieve the sweet spot of sleep we contribute to our physical and mental well-being. [34:37]
- Julie describes common components of a ritual for better sleep. [39:28]
- How nutrition affects our sleep and how and when to eat for better sleep. [43:46]
- The use of complementary and alternative therapies, healing plants, and essential oils are ancient forms of medicine. [45:56]
Julie Wright is an entrepreneur, sleep ambassador, and speaker. She is the founder of WeSleep, a wellbeing provider focused on sleep, providing webinars, workshops, lectures, discussion panels, 1-to-1 consultations, and therapeutic sessions on the topic of sleep deprivation and insomnia, to a wide range of organizations and business clients
Book: The Natural Sleeper: A Bedside Guide to Complementary and Alternative Solutions to Better Sleep
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“You are only supposed to be doing two things in the bedroom, right? Theoretically?” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“There is no such thing as catch-up sleep. We are never going to get it back.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Being sleep-deprived makes us vulnerable to sickness and disease.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“The science says oversleeping can be a sign of depression and undersleeping can be a sign of depression.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“We have had to be a little bit more creative with sleep apnea treatment because we have had supply chain issues.” @Sleepdoc5 on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“There is a lot of media attention on sleep apnea but the #1 reason we are sleepy as a country is that we just don't get enough sleep.” @Sleepdoc5 on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“A healthy sex life is an important part of your everyday life and your health.” @Sleepdoc5 on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Tapigraphy is measuring when you touch your phone.” @Sleepdoc5 on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“If you can visualize your happy place, that is better than doing something with numbers or words for helping you to fall asleep.” @Sleepdoc5 on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Create an intentional wind-down routine. Prepare yourself for sleep.” @Sleepdoc5 on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“If we can align our work schedules with our circadian rhythm we will probably be more productive.” @Sleepdoc5 on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“I wanted to gather knowledge in a simple, practical guide with a comprehensive list of ideas for people to explore.” @WeSleepUK on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“You are 3-to-5 times more likely to be depressed if you don’t sleep sufficiently.” @WeSleepUK on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“The need for a cool, dark, and quiet environment is the best environment for us to sleep.” @WeSleepUK on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“90-95% of our serotonin is produced in our gut. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter which helps produce melatonin. And, melatonin is the sleep hormone.” @WeSleepUK on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet
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