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7 Positive Habits for Healthy Sleep

Not getting enough solid sleep is a common issue for many people.  During each appointment, I ask my patients about their sleep.  I’m curious how many hours they sleep, is their sleep solid or interrupted, do they have difficulty falling or staying asleep, do they experience vivid dreams, and do they feel well rested in the morning.

As many of us have experienced, when we don’t get a good night’s rest, it negatively impacts our minds, our emotions, and our physical bodies the next day.  More importantly, when poor sleep becomes habitual, it greatly increases our chances of developing chronic diseases such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, obesity, anxiety, and depression.  Sleep apnea, a condition where one’s breathing is interrupted during sleep, is strongly associated with cardiovascular disease.

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Are Your Vitamins and Supplements More Harmful than Helpful?

In my day-to-day practice, I see many patients who are extremely ill. It’s not uncommon for at least one patient a week to come into my office with shopping bags full of different products purchased from infomercials, Amazon, Costco, or a local drug store. Seeing this happen over-and-over again is concerning, since many products really aren’t what they claim to be. Because vitamins, herbs, and natural supplements aren’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), many products that are available over-the-counter (OTC) are poor quality and in some cases, can even be more harmful than helpful. In addition, many labels have ambiguous instructions concerning administration. It’s not uncommon to see something like, “take 1-2 capsules, 2-3 times per day, or as instructed by your health care provider.” Huh? What does that mean?

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