How Do Hormones Play a Role in Your Sleep Habits?

The Link Between Sleeplessness and Hormones by BodyLogicMD In an ideal scenario, sleep would come naturally and quickly upon going to bed and hitting the pillow. But more often than not, this is not the case, as millions of Americans struggle with sleeping problems and insomnia. While there are several possible causes for having trouble … Continued

Could Sleep Apnea be to Blame for Memory Loss?

The Link Between Sleep Habits and Memory by BodyLogicMD It’s easy to write off symptoms like memory loss and difficulty focusing as side effects of stress or preoccupation rather than telltale signs of a medical problem. And in some cases, that impulse is totally fine. But when symptoms become consistent enough and severe enough, it … Continued

Could the Women’s Health Initiative be to Blame for Insomnia?

by BodyLogicMD The Women’s Health Initiative made big news back in 2002 with its highly controversial report that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) could increase the risk of cancer and other detrimental diseases. Lately, the study has been in the news again—but this time it’s not in the spotlight to showcase the study’s findings, but rather … Continued

The Effects of Poor Sleep — and How to Get Better Rest

by BodyLogicMD Have you ever noticed that when you don’t get enough sleep, you find yourself more likely to overeat junk food? And of course, junk food makes you feel even worse—making you even groggier and adding fat to your waistline in the meantime. You may be surprised to find that there is a credible … Continued

10 Tips for Getting More Restorative Sleep

When was the last time you felt refreshed and renewed after a night’s sleep?  Ever heard the old adage “Quality over Quantity” – well, that applies to your sleep too!  When we get consistent restorative sleep, our bodies and minds function optimally, our hormones and neurotransmitters have an opportunity to replenish and our overall health … Continued

BodyLogicMD Physicians Promote Healthy Sleep Habits for Sleep Awareness Week

A good night’s sleep can be hard to come by for many people. Sometimes, you just can’t fall asleep, and others, you keep waking up throughout the night. You’re left feeling tired and drained, and getting through your day can be a challenge. Medical Director of BodyLogicMD of Little Rock, Dr. Constance Crisp has seen these issues in many of her patients, and has several tips on how to get the sleep you need — without resorting to medications.

Dr. Bruce Thomas Explains How to Improve Sleep

BodyLogicMD physician Dr. Bruce Thomas was recently featured in an ABC news segment discussing sleep and what you can do to get more of it. According to the report, studies show that 75 percent of U.S. adults aren’t getting the sleep they need. How much is enough? According to Dr. Thomas, adults should be getting somewhere between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. And those of us who don’t get enough sleep have a higher risk of obesity, substance abuse and diabetes.

Sleep and Hormones: What’s the connection?

Sometimes, even if you have excellent sleep hygiene, you can still have difficulty sleeping. Hormones can definitely affect your sleep, too — especially in women, and especially during and after menopause. Menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats can reduce your sleep quality and even interrupt sleep cycles.

Don’t Skimp on Sleep

Many people aren’t getting enough sleep — and many don’t even know how much is enough. And that lack of sleep can negatively affect your health. But there are things you can do to improve your quality of rest.

Don’t let the holidays rob you of your sleep

Sleep not only helps restore the body’s tissues and cells, but also helps recharge energy levels. If you’re not getting enough sleep, your body doesn’t have enough time to make repairs and you’ll likely wake up feeling exhausted and fatigued. A good night’s rest can be hard to come by, especially during the frenzied holiday season. With so much to get done, sleep isn’t exactly a top priority. But don’t let the holiday runaround deprive you of your sleep. Plan your day in advance. You’re only human and you can’t do it all, so only commit to what you truly believe you can accomplish in one day. It’s important that we’re aware of our limitations and that we set boundaries to avoid over-taxing our reserves.