When my family and I listened to Dr. Joel Fuhrman speak at the Portland VegFest, in late September 2013, along with eating a nutritarian diet, he spoke about the importance of sleep and how it plays an important role in our physical health. It helps those suffering with mood swings and depression.
I used to work in the Sleep Disorder Center at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene, Oregon. It was a fascinating job, and I learned so much about the importance of sleep and witnessed just how many people are affected by the disorder. For example, sleep is involved in the healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels, and an ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Here is a link to a recent article published by Dr. Fuhrman: New Information to Sleep on.
My son, Sean, a pre-med student at Portland State University, and who is also very passionate about nutritional science and how it can heal people, has already applied many of the sleeping tips Dr. Fuhrman mentioned at the seminar, and mentions in the above article. A busy full-time student, also working 30 to 36 hours a week, he’s finding the tips are helping him to be more alert and ready to tackle his day when he rolls out of bed. Along with eating a nutritarian diet, here are just three tips Sean found immediately helpful:
- going to bed at the same time every night, and waking up at the same time every morning,
- avoiding caffeine because it disrupts sleep, especially when consumed in the evening,
- maintaining regular exercise.
The other day, Sean told me he has never felt better than he does now. In fact, he shared with me: “I’m sleeping so much better, mom; and although my meals may not be too exciting, they’re flavorful and delicious. And I’m learning your tricks of chopping up my veggies early in the week. I’m making up big batches of things like soups and chilies and big batches of beans and extra rice, and I’m freezing them in smaller individual portions to use later in the week, when I’m crunched for time. I love fixing those salads-in-a jar, that you posted in the summer. Those make it easy for me to get in a salad for at least one meal a day.”
Sean’s comments made me smile. He’s on a good path to good health, a good life.
Check out the article I’ve linked for you by hovering over the words New Information to Sleep on.