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The Hidden Costs of Insomnia

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: Not sleeping is doing more harm to your physical and mental than you might have thought.
Air Date: 6/4/14
Duration: 10
Host: Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Guest Bio: Jacob Tietlbaum, MD
Dr T Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is Director of the Fatigue & Fibromyalgia Practitioners Network and author of the best-selling book, From Fatigued to Fantastic! He is also the creator of the popular free iPhone & Android application "Cures A-Z."

He is the lead author of four studies on effective treatment for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, and a study on effective treatment of autism using NAET.

Dr. Teitelbaum does frequent media appearances including Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News Channel, the Dr. Oz Show and Oprah & Friends. He lives in Kona, Hawaii.
The Hidden Costs of Insomnia
Tossing and turning, ups and downs, watching the hours pass on the clock...

Your body and mind are both exhausted, but you're still laying awake for yet another night of no sleep.

This has happened more times than you would like, but you can't seem to get back to a healthy sleeping pattern.

Could you be suffering from insomnia?

Insomnia involves having a hard time falling or staying asleep throughout the night. These non-sleeping episodes can come and go, last for a short term of roughly three weeks or can become a chronic issue.

The average night's sleep in the United States, until hundred 130 years ago when light bulbs were invented, was nine hours a night. We're now down to just under seven hours, which is like a 30% pay cut to your body.

What damage is not getting enough sleep doing to your health?

In addition to causing fatigue, not getting enough sleep has been shown to cause an average six and a half pound weight gain. This occurs because sleep regulates hormones that control weight and appetite, such as leptin and growth hormone.

In addition to feeling tired all the time, poor sleep has also been shown to cause pain, poor immunity and a fuzzy brain.

How can you get back to a soothing sleep routine?

Jacob Tietlbaum, MD, joins Dr. Holly to discuss the hidden costs of insomnia and how to get back into a healthy sleep routine.