What is Autophagy & How To Sleep Better During Menopause

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Welcome to The Sunday Sleeper, I’m excited you are here. Each Sunday I share a wrap up of important topics in sleep and sleep science. This week is full of interesting stuff, so get comfy and let’s get started!

Snoring Quiz

First, if you snore, you should take my new
Snoring Quiz, you’ll learn more about why you snore, your snoring type and what to do about it.

What Is Autophagy And Why Does It Matter For Better Sleep?

First, on Friday, I sent an email to you about Autophagy, weight loss, and sleep, your response was off the charts, so I went back to the author of the book I referenced, Glow 15 and asked her if I could do a quick interview with her. Naomi Whittel generously agreed to go into more detail about the Nobel Prize winning science of autophagy and you can find the interview here. I’m pretty sure that I’m the first person to interview her on this topic, so that means you’ll be the first to see it as well, enjoy! Listen here.

While Autophagy applies to all of us, Naomi’s book is focused on women, so, if you are a woman who wants to lose a couple of pounds easily and quickly, I strongly recommend getting a copy of her book here, she also has some cool free gifts if you buy the book today, check it out.

Menopause, Maca, And Better Sleep – Here’s The Research And The Results

Also, many of you have been reading my posts about menopause and sleep lately.

First of all THANK YOU, I hope you have enjoyed the blog series (I know it was kinda long, but there was a ton of info!). This was the final installment (for now).

Because so many people wanted a natural solution that would help them with menopause and sleep, I went out and did the research. As a result of that research (and trust me there is plenty of BUNK out there)  I have recently partnered with an amazing group whose product Femmenessance is changing the lives of women everywhere. As I was digging deep into the research, I discovered that MACA can be very helpful.

Did you know that there are 12 different types of Maca?

Recently I’ve been studying up on Maca-GO®, which has been shown in a growing body of scientific research to be more effective than any other natural alternative to date in relieving menopausal symptoms and it is the first to demonstrate in published clinical trials statistically significant support in helping balance women’s hormones during perimenopause and menopause. Maca-GO® (commercially known as Femmenessence) has been developed with specific, concentrated and standardized phenotype formulations of Lepidum peruvianum to support women’s health and address symptoms during a woman’s reproductive years, perimenopause and postmenopause.

Scientific studies of Maca-GO® show it may deliver some pretty broad benefits for women in perimenopause and postmenopause, including:

  • Restored hormone balance, including increases in estrogen and stabilization of progesterone and FSH levels
  • Cardiovascular benefits, including reductions in blood pressure, rises to the “good” HDL cholesterol and reductions to the “bad” LDL cholesterol, a lowering of overall cholesterol levels, and significant reductions to triglycerides
  • Maintenance of a healthy body weight
  • Bone health, including increase to bone density
  • Improvements to mood, including alleviation of depression, anxiety and stress
  • Reductions in hot flashes and night sweats
  • Improvements to sleep
  • Increases to energy and physical performance

This is an impressive list, and in the clinical trials it worked for 17 out of 20 women (85 percent). I look forward to seeing more research on the benefits of maca. While the studies on Maca-GO® demonstrated benefits for sleep in peri- and postmenopausal women, I will be interested to see if there is a specific phenotype ideal for men and women just for sleep.

Head on over to the Femmenessance website to learn more about the amazing effects of the correct type of Maca, for menopause and get some discounts if you want to try it for yourself! I know how difficult it can be to sleep and function during menopause and I’d love to help you find some relief.

Why You Should Be Sleeping In The Nude

Those Aussies at Vogue had a keen eye to look at some beauty sleep research and here is what they are reporting: Based on a study from 2012 showing 74% of people wear pajamas to bed! While I have written on this topic previously here are some of the highlights.

  • Remember sleep follows your core body temperature rhythm, so if you are too warm in bed (due to flannel PJs or Polyester comforters) your body temp cannot drop, which means you cannot sleep.
  • There is scientific evidence to show that sleeping naked reduces brown belly fat (the worst kind).
  • Sleeping naked will improve intimacy, which can be good for sleep.

Alright, that’s it for this Sunday, I hope your day is beautiful and your nights are full of restful, restorative sleep!

Sweet Dreams!

Michael Breus, Ph.D The Sleep Doctor

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Michael Breus, Ph.D - The Sleep Doctor is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and one of only 168 psychologists to pass the Sleep Medical Specialty Board without going to medical school. Dr. Breus is a sought after lecturer and his knowledge is shared daily in major national media worldwide including Today, Dr. Oz, Oprah, and for fourteen years as the sleep expert on WebMD. Dr. Breus is the bestselling author of The Power of When, The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan and Good Night!

7 thoughts on “What is Autophagy & How To Sleep Better During Menopause

  1. Thanks for all your research on menopausal symptoms Dr Breus! When I looked up the company you mentioned, there were some not great reports from women using it, so now I am a bit reluctant to try it. I know there’s nothing to lose but I have tried so many things including Maca in my smoothies but to no avail. May just have to go back on HRT to get a good night’s sleep without night sweats 🙁

    1. Hey Debbie, I recently learned that there are over 12 types of Maca, and if you take the incorrect one it can make symptoms worse. Remember nothing works for everyone, but I have spoken to the founders and reviewed all of the science behind this product. I trust it enough to let my audience (including YOU [thanks for your comments and support!]) know about it. I think it is worth a shot, I have been trying it with some people and they have had successful results. Let me know what you do! Sweet Dreams, Dr. B

  2. I am long past menopause, 5’2″ & 110 lbs., live in an active senior community and briskly walk 3 times a week (4 miles, 1 hr), otherwise, something active at least 2 more days….. but I never sleep more than 5 and maybe less a night…I don’t feel draggy or sleepy during the day………BUT I never see anything that says that’s OK???? Supplements never change my routine. Do you have suggestions?

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