It would be great if you had time to sleep…
It would be great if you could fall asleep instantly as soon as your head hit the pillow…
It would be great if you never woke up at night and couldn’t get back to sleep…
But this is the real world. NO ONE gets enough sleep. You just have to live with it.
Or do you?
Sleep consultant Martha Lewis is used to taking on tough sleep problems.
She works with high achievers who hardly have time to sleep, let alone the ability to relax and drift away once their head hits the pillow.
If you’ve got sleeping problems, or you’re used to getting less than 7 hours of sleep, then this YBTV interview is for you.
You’ll learn what that lack of sleep is doing to your health, your mood, and your waistline. You’ll learn how hidden culprits like parasites and pasta could be keeping you up at night. And you’ll discover tons of concrete tips that you can put into practice immediately to get a better night’s sleep.
What You’ll Learn
Are you tired of seeing your weight creep up?
Do you worry about getting diseases like Alzheimer’s?
Are you finding it hard to stay positive and motivated?
Then there might be a simple solution:
Get more sleep.
If you’re getting less than 7 hours of sleep at night, you could be putting yourself at risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, depression, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.
You could be consuming 300 to 600 more calories a day to make up for the fatigue caused by the lack of sleep.
And you’re probably feeling more irritable, negative, and unmotivated.
Sleep consultant Martha Lewis is used to explaining the importance of sleep. But she knows that sleep isn’t easy for everyone.
As much as we might tell ourselves, “Come on, get to bed earlier!” we still have to fall asleep once we get there.
And that’s hard for a lot of us.
More than a third of Americans don’t get enough sleep, and sleep disorders affect 50 to 70 million Americans.
No matter how much we’d like to have that extra sleep, we just can’t get it.
That’s where Martha comes in.
Martha uses a range of tools to help her clients get a good night’s sleep.
You’d be surprised at what could be keeping you up at night.
Parasites, fungal overgrowth, food sensitivities, leaky gut, and blood sugar, for a start.
Add in the more well-known culprits, like stress, blue light, caffeine, and poor sleep hygiene, and it’s no wonder you’re not sleeping well.
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Here are some sleep tips to get you started.
- Don’t drink caffeine after noon or 2pm.
- Avoid foods that cause your blood sugar to spike, like pastries, pasta, bread, and sugary drinks.
- Don’t eat a full meal within 2 hours of going to bed.
- Avoid blue light before bed.
- If you’re hungry before bed, limit yourself to a balanced snack of 100 to 200 calories.
- If stress is keeping you awake, try meditation or journaling.
- Get out of bed if you’re still awake after 10 to 20 minutes.
What you don’t want to do, Martha cautions, is rely on sleeping pills or melatonin supplements to get you to sleep.
“Medication has its place,” she says. “For someone going through a really stressful period … then for a few nights to get some sleep, I think that’s not the end of the world.”
But, she cautions, sleeping pills are not meant to be taken long term. Not only are they addictive, but they have a number of side effects, including increased blood pressure and memory loss.
They may even be less effective than you’d think. Studies show that sleeping pills reduce the time it takes to fall asleep by 15 minutes, but they only add 3 to 30 more minutes of sleep to the night.
Ultimately, what you want to do is find the root cause of your sleeping issues.
“I work with so many people who are following all those rules—they’re not eating before bed, they’re not watching blue lights, they’re doing everything that they know to do—and it still isn’t working,” she says.
“There is something going on. It’s a symptom of a bigger problem or imbalance in the body, and we can figure it out.”
If you are struggling with sleep and would like personalized help, Martha can help.
Her Complete Sleep Solution package includes video lessons and 6 private sessions with her, while her Boss Sleep Solution also includes lab tests and a personalized protocol of natural supplements.
Jump to Topics of Interest
2:05 How much sleep should we get a night?
3:05 What happens when you don’t get a lot of sleep
4:32 Lack of sleep and weight gain
5:38 The effect of caffeine
6:23 The blood sugar-sleep connection
7:42 Should you eat before bed
8:31 The importance of a healthy gut
10:37 Sleep foundations
12:00 How to cope with stress
13:55 The sleeping pill debate
16:26 Don’t make this mistake
Martha is a sleep consultant to health-conscious, high achievers who want to sleep but can’t. With multiple sleep certifications, an MS in holistic nutrition and as an expert on gut health, she combines sleep foundations, stress resilience techniques and lab testing for underlying health issues to get to the root cause of her clients’ insomnia. Find out how you can work with Martha.