Why Sleep Is Your Most Important Superpower

Feb 11, 2020

Dr. Ashley Margeson

Dr. Ashley Margeson

NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR

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Ever hear the saying “work hard, play hard”?

How about the saying “work hard, sleep hard”. That one might be a better choice. 

When it comes to optimizing your health, there is nothing more important than sleep. Don’t believe me? Ask your mum how she felt when she couldn’t sleep through the night when she hit menopause (don’t worry – that’s not going to happen to you). Trust me, sleep is critical. 

But far too often, we only count number of hours that we’re sleeping – not the quality of sleep we are getting. In this episode of The Superwoman Code we jump into la la land and what it means to be getting high quality sleep. I’m going through the research on cortisol and melatonin, what the stages of sleep truly mean and how your hormones affect your ability to hit that deep sleep point for long periods of time. 

Turns out, women are 40% more likely then men to experience insomnia, women with PMDD and extreme forms of PMS can cause us to have less sleep time and we actually require longer sleep times than our male counterparts. 

Don’t worry, I’m not going to leave you hanging on what to do. This episode we explain the research behind melatonin and magnesium (melatonin isn’t used for what you think btw), why you need to stop running on adrenaline and how to set yourself up for sleep success by, yes, turning off your phone. 

Research: 

Sleep in Women Across the Life Span: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6045782/

Sleep & Women’s Health: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4327930/

https://www.hormone.org/your-health-and-hormones/sleep-and-circadian-rhythm

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