There’s one thing I constantly see patients trying to ignore in their health routine: consistent high-quality sleep.
Sleep should not be underestimated—I cannot stress this enough! It’s when our brains detoxify, our nervous systems rest, and our bodies heal. Without regular deep sleep, we are on track to get hormonal imbalances, weight gain, mood swings, brain fog, and so many other frustrating but preventable symptoms.
Why You Can’t Skimp on Sleep
So many of us are victims of a culture that prides itself on productivity, where sleep is simply a nuisance that gets in the way of work, family, TV, the Internet, email, and exercise. We make up for this lack of sleep by filling our tanks with sugar, refined carbs, caffeine, and other stimulants that we hope will give us more energy. But if we just prioritized a good night’s rest every single night, we would have all the energy we need to take on our obligations and do the things that we are passionate about, without relying on foods that rob our health.
Your body has a finely tuned appetite control system that is governed by hormones that are largely affected by sleep. One group of researchers has found that depriving healthy men of sleep leads to increases in ghrelin, the hormone that makes you feel hungry, and decreases in leptin, the hormone that makes you feel full.
That means you stay hungry and start craving high-calorie, high-carbohydrate foods. After many nights of sleep deprivation, when I was working in the emergency room, I can tell you that this is true! We also need sleep to keep our levels of cortisol low — this is the stress hormone that makes us fat, especially around the waistline.
Not sleeping enough is a big problem in this country: Over the last 40 years Americans on average, sleep 2 hours less. But it’s not just about quantity. Our quality of sleep is also suffering.
So how can we change that?
My Favorite Tool for Better Sleep
One of the biggest culprits of poor sleep (and the easiest to fix) is temperature. Personally, I run hot, and if the room is warm my sleep is wrecked. I wake up constantly, toss and turn, and the next morning I am not energized the way I need to be. This makes sense, considering research has shown that heat can trigger wakefulness and decrease important slow-wave and rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep stages.
Sleeping in a cooler environment is one proven way to rest easier. In fact, yawning may be a natural mechanism the body uses to release heat to get ready for sleep.
So aside from noisy fans or air conditioners that might get us too cold, what can we do to get the right measure of coolness for optimal sleep? I’ve discovered the perfect solution: the Ooler Sleep System from CHILI.
This pad has revolutionized the ability to create the perfect sleep environment in any bedroom. It’s a state-of-the-art hydronic pad, that has water flowing through EMF-free channels to deliver consistent active thermal control. It simply lies below your sheets and keeps you comfortably cool all night long.
A low-profile control unit is the brains of the Ooler operation, which comes with variable ambient noise control, a blue-light lense with dimming display, and a UV auto-clean system. Plus it fits any size and style of mattress. I swear, CHILI thought of everything when they designed the Ooler, and you’ll notice an incredible difference in how you sleep, I know I did.
If you’re worried about a partner who runs colder than you, no need. You can personalize the temperature for both sides of the bed to find what works best for both of you.
Right now, CHILI is offering my audience a special deal on the Ooler Sleep System of 15% off. If you’ve been struggling to get a good night’s rest and can’t seem to get comfortable, I highly recommend you try this. Just be sure to order before October 15th when this deal expires. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD