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Tuesday, 01 September 2015 16:26 Written by MIguel Velazquez
Sleep Sanctuary: The Secret to Success

Sleep Sanctuary: The Secret to Success

All naturopaths follow a similar basic philosophy. Rather than treat a diagnosis with natural remedies, we look for the combinations of stress and toxic exposures that caused your health to deteriorate. Once these have been identified, we work to remove the toxic burdens and support your healing with nutrition, herbs or homeopathic remedies. Sounds pretty simple, right? But there's one major stumbling block to success, and that is getting your body to switch from "go-go-go" mode (or "stress" mode) to "relax and heal" mode at the end of the day. Which brings us to my number one secret: Creating a sleep sanctuary.

It might surprise you to know that electrical devices in your bedroom are the biggest interference factor to getting your body to relax and rejuvenate when you go to bed at night. Not only does this make you more vulnerable to health problems, but it contributes to faster aging. And nobody wants that! When I first started working with clients in 1990, it was pretty simple: Remove the TV out of the bedroom. Those were the days before cordless phones, cell phones, computers and iPads. Today, it can involve much more (not to mention getting your spouse on board with the idea)!

healthypeopleHere are the basics: remove any device within your bedroom that you don't have to have, especially your wireless router. Small emitters (clock, fan, etc.) should be four feet from any edge of your bed. Big emitters (cordless or cell phones, computers, televisions or anything that recharges) should be eight feet from your bed. Measure not just from your head, but from the closest edge of your bed. Unplug your router, turn off all wireless devices (printers, etc.) and put cell phones and iPads on airplane mode in addition to turning their wi-fi mode off. I know it's a hassle, but try it for two weeks and see if you sleep better.

Want the hard science? Read "The Body Electric" by Robert Becker (an online search gives you a PDF version for free) or go to The science is definitely there. But the most important proof is your own results.

Wishing you sweet dreams,
Debra MacIntyre, ND



Debra MacIntyre, ND
Debra is a traditional naturopath, board certified by the American Naturopathic Certification Board with over 37 years of experience in the fitness and health care fields. She holds a nutrition certification from American Health Science University, completed her Naturopathic degree from Trinity School of Natural Medicine and has received advanced training in Biological Medicine, NAET allergy elimination, and homeopathic hormone rejuvenation. She's been in private practice since 1994.

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Friday, 29 June 2012 18:17 Written by
Dina J. Giesler, DDS, MAGD, Marianna Kovitch, DMD

Solutions for better sleep

Do you wake up feeling like you have not slept yet?
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder characterized by a complete or partial interruption in breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea may be caused by a lack of respiratory strength; however, it is more commonly caused by obstruction of the throat by the soft tissue (Obstructive Sleep Apnea). This obstruction narrows the space available for the air to flow resulting in a turbulent sound of air referred to as snoring. Snoring by itself is not an indicator for sleep apnea; however, in combination with other symptoms it is a good predictor.

75% of people have at least one symptom…
• Daytime sleepiness    • Moodiness    • Decrease in attentiveness and drive
• Morning headache    • Loud snoring    • Increasing body weight
Approximately 1 in 27 or 3.68% or 10 million people in America are undiagnosed with Sleep Apnea, some risk factors include:
• Diabetes     • Smoking

• Increased blood pressure (45% of sleep apnea patients have hypertension)

Researchers at Mayo Clinic have discovered that patients with obstructive sleep apnea have an increased risk of having a heart attack between the typical sleeping hours of 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.   —American College of Cardiology

X02044Consult with your physician to see if a sleep study is appropriate for you. A sleep study must be done for diagnosis. There are many treatment options from behavioral therapy (sleeping on one side) to surgery. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the most effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea; however, 60% of CPAP users do not wear their mask on a regular basis. If you can’t tolerate wearing the CPAP machine mask or need an easier travel solution, you can have a custom made oral appliance as an alternative. The appliance will protrude your jaw increasing the posterior airway space. It is made up of 2 separate pieces and worn like an orthodontic appliance during sleep. The oral appliance keeps the soft tissue from collapsing and interrupting normal breathing patterns. It also allows you to speak, yawn and does not limit tongue space.

“I have been using a snore guard made for me by Dina Giesler and her staff for over two years and have been extremely happy. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and used the CPAP machine which was very uncomfortable and inconvenient. When Dr. Giesler suggested the sleeping appliance I decided I would give it a try and it has been wonderful. I sleep throughout the night and have experienced no discomfort.”

X02044_1“I would highly recommend this product to anyone with snoring or sleep apnea issues and suggest that they have Dr. Giesler and her team fit them as they do a wonderful job.” 
–J. Belk


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Tuesday, 25 January 2011 18:36 Written by
Walter James, MD

The Best Night’s Sleep You’ll Ever Have

Have you ever wondered what it takes to get a good night’s rest or why you wake up feeling just as tired as you did before you went to sleep? Dr. Walter James, board-certified in sleep medicine and founder of the Sleep Center at Piedmont Hospital, answers some of the frequently asked questions about your sleep concerns.

1. What are some tips for a good night’s sleep? The keystone to good sleep is getting up at the same time every morning.  Most adults need 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep per night.  Good sleep quality is variable because it depends on personal preferences for sleep environment, setting, temperature, etc. Determine what works best for you and make it routine.

2. When do you need a sleep doctor? Someone who sleeps enough hours per night, but feels sleepy all the time, may have a problem with sleep apnea (frequent interruptions of sleep). Narcolepsy may be the problem if someone falls asleep regardless of how much quality sleep he or she gets. Someone who can't sleep may have insomnia. All three of these are common reasons people need to see a sleep doctor. Other, less common, reasons are abnormal experiences and behaviors during sleep, such as nightmares, seizures or violence.

3. What are causes of sleep disorders and what are some solutions? Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by abnormal anatomy of the throat and facial structures, causing recurrent blockages of the airway during sleep. The solutions include aggressive weight loss, positional control, oral appliances (mouthpieces) that hold the jaw forward, positive pressure devices (e.g., CPAP) that splint the airway open with air pressure and surgery. Narcolepsy responds best to alerting medicines. Insomnia may respond best to cognitive therapy provided by a sleep psychologist.


Piedmont Hospital Sleep Center
1968 Peachtree Road, NW
77 Building, 5th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: 404-605-4278