Dr Oz did a segment called Dr Oz’s Get Back to Sleep Plan, because 2 out of every 3 women say they have problems sleeping – it is a national epidemic of exhaustion that effects women of all ages all over the country. Doctor Oz said he gets messages from women on Facebook, Twitter, and even emails in the middle of the night saying how desperate they are for sleep but all they can do is stare at the clock, toss and turn, and nothing they try helps. Sound familiar? 70% of American women struggle to cope with a lack of sleep. Dr Oz, along with Dr Donnica Moore, spoke about a 5 Step Sleep Plan, after discussing the following sleep topics:
Dr Oz: Why Aren’t Women Sleeping?
Dr Oz asked Donnica Moore why women are not sleeping these days. She said that it is a combination of things including changes in hormones, medical problems, and what we call the “2nd shift” which are all of the extra responsibilities that women have with children and taking care of the house.
Dr Oz: Why Do We Need Sleep?
Dr Oz asked Dr Moore why do we need sleep anyway? We spend 1/3 of our life not conscious – why? Donnica said that when we sleep, we refuel. If you think of ourselves as a car, sleep is like a tune-up, an oil change, and like getting gas – all at the same time. Sleep repairs and prepares your body for the next day.
Dr Oz: How Sleep Effects Your Life
Dr Oz brought on a lady named Jackie who cannot fall asleep because she has teenagers and finds it difficult to unwind and to let go so that her brain turns off. Dr Oz took her to the truth tube to see how sleep effects her life. Jackie gets only 4 hours of sleep every night. She said that by 3 or 4 pm, she feels a heaviness set in and by the time she gets home she feels like an old lady. Dr Oz said that women who are not sleeping at least 5 hours every night are 50% more likely to be overweight and to crave carbohydrates. Lack of sleep also causes 1 in 6 fatal car accidents – fatigue is just like drunk driving.
Dr Oz brought on another woman who said she has trouble staying asleep. She does not get more than 4 hours of sleep every night and she wants to crash and take a nap around 4 pm or 5 pm. Dr Oz said that quality of sleep is important – not just quantity of sleep. If you do not have enough good quality sleep, you can get insulin resistance and speed up the aging process. The #1 ager of all is blood pressure, which is highly impacted by how much you sleep. Women that do not sleep at least 5 hours a night are twice as likely to have a Heart Attack.
Don’t forget to also read Dr Oz’s 5 Step Sleep Plan!