It may seem obvious but the number one overlooked question a doctor doesn’t ask his/her/ patients is how are you sleeping.
Honestly when I was in full blown clinical practice I did not ask that question enough because it often led to a request for benzodiazepine drugs (valium etc.). In those days we did not have the non-habit forming* all-natural sleep solutions
We did have ton of benzo’s and their variants along with all of the unfortunate side effects that they cause including long term addictions.
In my conversations with Dr. Michael Brues, America’s Sleep Doctor, I relearned just how ineffective and potentially damaging those addictions were. The worst thing is that they do not actually improve sleep deficits.
This is reason number one why people, doctors included, should be interested in natural sleep solutions including if necessary a supplement. Goal Number One is to prevent or correct the sleep deficit.
Now when I first introduced Sweet Sleep Z, I waxed long about the damaging effects of sleep deprivation on the hormone clocks, the circadian clocks, obesity, telomeres and the like.
But a recent study points out a more expedient problem, fatigue and sickness.
It suggested the direct link between even short-term sleep loss and long-term fatigue and something as common as the common cold!
So, if you suffer from fatigue or recurring illnesses of this type you might want to answer the question few are asking: How did you sleep last night?
If you need some help, I have it here!!!
J Psychosom Res. 2014 Apr;76(4):280-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2014.01.005. Epub 2014 Jan 25.
Do sleep, stress, and illness explain daily variations in fatigue? A prospective study
*This refers to physical addiction with withdrawal symptoms. Theoretically ANY product that helps someone sleep has the potential for psychological addiction. Always consult your doctor before using anything.