In her recently published book The Amazing Ripple Effects of Healthy Sleep, Dr Muir discusses solutions for the most commonly found, and some not so commonly found, Sleep Problems.
The more I learn about sleep, the more I am enchanted by its restorative powers and the more I am motivated to better understand its mysteries. How is it that ‘shutting down’ for 7-8 hours per day provides the foundation of so many of our essential bodily functions? Sleep clears our brains of waste products, consolidates our memories, refreshes our muscles, regulates our hormones and synchronizes our organ systems. At the end of the day, my mind feels dull, I am more moody and my muscles feel fatigued. Yet in the morning, after a good night’s sleep, I can focus better, my body aches less and I am ready to attack another day. Therein lies the miracles of sleep…
By Noah S Siegel, MD
Harvard Medical School
Director of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Surgery at Massachusetts Eye and Ear