Ep. 115 – When It Comes to Sleep, You Need to Know

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Good morning and welcome to Episode 115 of The Train Your Brain Podcast with Dr. Michael Trayford. Every Monday we produce a 30-minute episode. Tuesday through Sunday we produce episodes with five-minute tips. Every episode of the Train Your Brain Podcast features a tip, so you can receive pointers 365 days a year that will help enhance the performance of your brain!

Today Dr. Trayford shares brain training tip number 115. We know by now how highly Dr. Trayford thinks of sleep. As far as brain health goes, sleep is supremely important, which is why you need to be aware of how much sleep you are getting. Time can distort your perception of the quality of your sleep so ask your spouse if you can’t remember. Keep a journal of how many hours of sleep you are getting so that you can notice and track improvements when they come. Thanks for listening!

If you have any concerns regarding the information and applications discussed in this podcast, please consult your physician and a doctor who is experienced in functional neurology. Michael Trayford DC, DACNB is available for consultation by calling (828) 708-5274. Thanks for listening.

Jason: I’ve been working on getting better sleep. I’m a typical late to bed and early to rise.

The key to sleep, you need to know how much sleep you’re getting. Often times people who are having trouble sleeping, don’t know how much sleep they are actually getting. When you’re sleeping the brain is doing one of the most important things to keep it healthy, this requires so much energy that it doesn’t provide you with the cognitive sense of how much you actually sleep.

We had a woman comes in from Santa Fe with severe insomnia. She came in after thirty years where she was sleep one to two hours of sleep at most. You talk about a brain that wasn’t working well anymore. She struggled to maintain a conversation or keep a memory, her thoughts strayed and she was lingering through life.

In talking with her she would say one to two hours of sleep each night. In talking with her spouse, he would say that she’d get five hours one night and none the next. So there was an incredible disparage between what she said.

If you’re going to bed at night and waking up in the morning feeling rested and refreshed, you’re doing well. If you feel like you’re struggling to get adequate sleep, you might want to keep a sleep log to keep track of sleep time.

Your brain only retains a certain amount of information. Over time memory become distorted and it’s hard to remember just how much sleep you actually get. If you’re struggling with insomnia or just experiencing some sleepless nights; keeping a log of your sleep time can help when you go for treatment at a sleep clinic or other medical option.

Once you start to see progress through the improvement of your sleep pattern it becomes an empowering experience. When it comes to sleep, if you’re having trouble, you need to know how much sleep you’re getting each night over a long span of time.

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