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Fall Asleep fast, Stay Asleep, and Wake Up Refreshed

Have you ever been struggling to fall asleep at night and just can't seem to shut your mind off?

For midlife women, a good night's sleep is paramount for health and wellbeing. In this episode of The Hormone Prescription Podcast, we have Devin Burke joining us to talk about techniques to Fall Asleep Fast, Stay Asleep, and Wake Up Refreshed!

Devin Burke is an international and TEDx speaker, the bestselling author of The Sleep Advantage, the founder of Sleep Science Academy, and one of the top health and sleep coaches in the world. His books, keynotes, programs and videos have inspired thousands of people to improve their sleep, energy, and life.

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Sleep Environment

  • Simple Techniques for Relaxation and Better Sleep

  • How to Wake Up Feeling Refreshed and Rejuvenated

  • And More!

Don't miss out on this episode, as it's sure to give you the tools and tips needed to get a good night sleep, every single time. Thanks for listening and sweet dreams. :)

(00:00): You can't master what you don't measure. Devin Burke, we're talking all about sleep. Are you measuring it? Stay tuned.

(00:09): So the big question is, how do women over 40 like us keep weight off, have great energy, balance our hormones and our moods, feel sexy and confident, and master midlife? If you're like most of us, you are not getting the answers you need and remain confused and pretty hopeless to ever feel like yourself again. As an O B gyn, I had to discover for myself the truth about what creates a rock solid metabolism, lasting weight loss, and supercharged energy after 40, in order to lose a hundred pounds and fix my fatigue, now I'm on a mission. This podcast is designed to share the natural tools you need for impactful results and to give you clarity on the answers to your midlife metabolism challenges. Join me for tangible, natural strategies to crush the hormone imbalances you are facing and help you get unstuck from the sidelines of life. My name is Dr. Kyrin Dunston. Welcome to the Hormone Prescription Podcast.

(01:02): Hi everybody. Welcome back to the Hormone Prescription Podcast with Dr. Kyrin. Thank you so much for joining me today, we are talking about one of my favorite topics, what I call the nectar of life sleep. Are you getting enough? Everybody's worrying about do they have enough money? Do they have enough time? All you really need to worry about is, are you getting enough sleep? And then everything else will fall into place because it really is something you, you can't eat your way into good health without good sleep. You can't take a supplement exercise won't replace it. There's nothing that replaces sleep, but so many of us aren't getting enough. We have an epidemic of insomnia, particularly among women over 40. Why? Because of hormone imbalances. So my guest today, Devin Burke, is gonna come and shed some light on this topic. He's kind of a sleep maro, if you will, and he talks about you can't master what you don't measure.

(02:02): So we're gonna talk about how that applies to sleep. He's gonna teach you about what a bed buffer is and the 3 21 sleep protocol and a whole bunch of other things. You're really gonna enjoy this. He is lovely to speak with and listen to. And really I want you to start with thinking about this thought that he offered. How well you sleep dictates your entire next day. How will you sleep is dictated by how you start your day. So it's how you start anything. It's how you finish and sleep is at the beginning and end of every day. It's the bookend and it will make your life wonderful and your health prosperous and nourishing, or it will make you miserable as some of you can attest to. I know I personally went through all kinds of sleep phases during my unwellness phase. I went through the insomnia phase.

(03:01): Some nights I couldn't sleep at all, and then I went through the sleep 16 hours a day phase. So whatever phase you're in, we've got some answers for you. So I'll tell you a little bit about Devon and then we will get started. So, Devon is an international and TEDx speaker. He's the best selling author of the Sleep Advantage, the founder of Sleep Science Academy, and one of the top health and sleep coaches in the world. His book's, keynotes, programs and videos have inspired thousands of people to improve their sleep, energy and life. Welcome Devon. Thanks.

(03:35): For having me. So,

(03:36): So I am super excited to talk about one of my favorite topics sleep because I call it the nectar of life. And if you don't have good sleep, you're just not gonna be healthy or happy and you're not <laugh>, you're not gonna really live your life to the fullest. So I think it's super important. I think we underestimate it. I think that most women over 40 are not getting enough sleep. I know some women tell me, I'll sleep when I die. I don't need to sleep now. And so it's this whole process of re-education. So let's start, you're, you're a sleep expert and let's start with the most important thing. Why is sleep so important?

(04:15): Well, you started to really nail it. It affects every aspect of our life. There's not an aspect of our life that doesn't get negatively or positively affected from sleep. And so we could talk about your physical health, we could talk about your mental health, we could talk about your, you know, emotional health. Every single aspect of your life is affected by sleep. And so when people really get connected to that and they start to prioritize and protect it and, and start to optimize it, it becomes your experience. But it's, it's foundational for health. It's literally the foundation that extraordinary health is built on. And so we could go down any, any rabbit hole on any one of those things, but it's, yeah, it's, there's not an area that's not affected by sleep. Well,

(05:01): Let's talk about those areas and let's, let's dive into why it's so foundational. I have found in 30 years of working with women that if they don't understand, if people don't understand the importance of what you're asking them to do, and if you're asking someone to take seven to nine hours of their day every day of their life to spend sleeping, which is in America, is considered nonproductive, they've gotta have a really good reason to do that. And if you don't give people a good reason, they're just not gonna do it. So I think it's important to, let's dive into what are all the systems that are affected? What's happening when you sleep? Why is this crucial?

(05:41): Yeah, so first and foremost, when we don't sleep, you know, it's, it affects our, our longevity. So we get, we, let's start there. You know, there's so many studies now that show that sleep and longevity are connected. Meaning when we don't get enough sleep, we don't get in those deeper stages of sleep, the lymphatic system isn't activated. That's the lymph system in the brain and that's what clears out the beta amyloid, the, the towel, the plaque that builds up that creates Alzheimer's and dementia. So, you know, it's linked to when we're not getting the right amount of sleep. Heart disease, it's linked to diabetes, it's linked to obesity, it's linked literally to all of the big killers. Sleep is linked to. So when we're talking about if you wanna live a long, vibrant, healthy life, you need to sleep. Cuz it's literally, it is the, the very thing that when people sacrifice, that's when their health starts to fall apart. That's when you know, you start to go for the, the food that's full of sugar, the full, the food that's full of fat. People don't really understand how important sleep is until they're not getting enough of it.

(06:49): Right. And that's true. And I know some people are gonna hear this, okay Devin, it's not clearing the beta amyloid or plaque in my brain. I could get dementia and they, they're thinking, I don't have dementia. My doctor says I'm fine. It could lead to heart disease. I don't have heart disease. My doctor says I'm fine, it could lead to diabetes. They're thinking, I don't have obesity, my doctor says I'm fine, could lead to diabetes. Right. So I, you know, I know women, we, I've worked with them for years and we really discount because we're thinking I got 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week, 365 days in a year and I've got to be a wife and a mom and a daughter and a sister and all the things at work at my job or profession. And so I do find even smokers, the data says that they discount the consequences cuz they think, I don't have emphysema, I don't have lung cancer. So I like that you hit on increased cravings of fat and sugar. I think you mentioned that will speak to some of you. So some of you having cravings for fatty comfort foods, sugar, latent carbohydrates, lack of sleep could be part of the problem, right, Devin?

(07:58): A hundred percent. Yeah, a hundred percent. Girl in and leptin that, you know, those, the two, those two hormones that signal, you know, when we're hungry and when we're full they get totally outta whack. Insulin gets outta whack and you know, we get into the hormones there that kind of affect those cravings and the storage of fat around the midsection where most people don't want that fat and have, you know, I've seen people work out like crazy. I've seen them eat all of the, the, the right things and they still can't lose weight. And because, and then you ask them about their sleep and they're like, actually you know, I sleep 5, 4, 5 hours a night. And then when you kind of focus on optimizing that sleep, okay, let's see if we get you a little bit more deep rem sleep, let's see if we get you a little more delta to sleep, let's, let's get more hours in. And they start prioritizing and protecting sleep, all of a sudden the weight can start to come off because those hormones start to balance out. Cortisol goes, goes down, right? So for people that are looking to lose weight or to step, step into their best body, that sleep, sleep can help you do that. Yeah.

(08:58): So now you've got some people's attention, <laugh>

(09:01): <Laugh>,

(09:02): They're listening because these things, often the distance they're just discounting. But right now a lot of people listening are having exactly what you're talking about. They can't lose weight. Right? That's the plague of midlife and beyond for women. Women over 40 in particular. But all women struggle with this. So talking about growlin and leptin, we recently had a doctor on talking about those specifically as it relates to weight loss. So we won't go more into detail with that, but I hope you hear that Devin is saying that slave is related to you Growlin and if you didn't hear that episode, go back and listen to it. So I know one question that some people are probably having is, I think that I'm getting enough sleep, but how can I be sure? You mentioned getting enough REM sleep, there are different cycles of sleep. How can people know if they're getting enough, total enough of the different brainwave states, all the things about sleep, how can they know

(09:58): You can't master what you don't measure. And so we do have now awesome devices that help us get an idea of how much sleep we're getting, what stages of sleep we're in. Devices like the Aura ring or even the Apple Watch or a whoop strap. And none of these devices are a hundred percent accurate, but they're getting more accurate as the tech and the algorithms and the data. They get more data from their users. But it's so important I think for people to, if you're looking to improve something, you gotta measure it. You know, you can't just guess keeping a sleep journal or sleep diary, that's not accurate. I mean it's, it also can create anxiety around sleep. But measuring it, if you wanna improve your something, you need to measure it, you need to track it. And we use, at Sleep Science Academy, we use the Aura ring just we found that it's, it's the most accurate sleep tracking device that's out right now. And that can show you, hey you, you decided not to have that extra glass of wine. And you notice that okay, I was able to get away with one glass of wine but when I go to two or three it really affects my sleep quality or eating too late at night. You could kind of start to draw these conclusions of these behavioral changes that you're making during the day and how that affects your sleep at night. So measuring it is, is definitely a key if you wanna improve it. Yeah,

(11:14): I love that. I think it's called the Peterson principle where anything that's measured, even if you don't make any changes to it, will improve over time just by the fact of measuring it at periodic intervals. And that's even true for sleep. So just the act of measuring and tracking your sleep will help to improve it. So you like the aura ring, are there other devices, cuz I know the Aura ring is sometimes pricey for people, so are there other more economical options that you like?

(11:49): Yeah, I mean the Apple watch surprisingly, you know, know a lot of people have the Apple watch, it's gotten a lot better. The tech and also their sleep algorithm has gotten a lot better. So, you know, but honestly to be honest, you could have any type of tracker and it's over time, you're never looking at one night or one week of sleep. You're looking at your sleep over several weeks or several months or even several years. So even if you just got one of these cheap track trackers online, no it's not gonna be as accurate as an aura ring or going to a sleep study or a sleep lab. Mm-Hmm <affirmative>. But just tracking it over time will help you draw some of those conclusions as far as, hey, what affects my sleep? How am I doing in this specific area? And so there's a ton of 'em out there. There's things that you can put on your bed where on your head there's mattresses that now track your sleep. So it's really depending on your, your, you know, how much you care and, and also how much you're looking to invest. There's, there's like so many devices out there now and there's more and more every month that come out because people are realizing how important sleep is and they're looking to, you know, really understand it and, and prove it.

(12:57): Yes, I, I think it's super important to track things, but I like to caution people that the tracking in and of itself isn't the end goal. The end goal is to educate yourself about how your body responds to its relationship with its environment. Like you mentioned about the wine, the goal is to learn, oh I can have great sleep cycles with one glass of wine, but when I go to two I kind of wreck my REM or whatever happens and then take that information and implement it in your life. It's not to use the tracking device forever. I know some people get really wedded to, for instance, I like using continuous glucose monitors and people then end up want to use it forever. And I say no, it's just a tool to reeducate yourself because I think that we are innately born with an understanding of how much sleep we need when we're