It’s Not Magic, It’s Sleep

What if your doctor told you that you had an increased risk of high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, diabetes, memory problems and heart failure? That you could be looking at losing years off of your life, having to give up your favorite foods and finding yourself unable to participate in activities that you and your family enjoy. Your options? A variety of pills and surgeries as well as an increasingly limited diet or, as an alternative, a renewed focus on improving a part of your daily life. To do something you already do, but better. By making minor changes in your routine, and forming a new habit or two, you can not only avert these problems, you can reverse them. You can easily, and passively, give yourself a longer, more active, life, with a healthier body and a sharper mind, and feel better every day in the process. The solution may sound too good to be true, but it is real. It’s not magic, it’s just sleep.

A Simple Problem

The problem is deceptively simple. It can be hard to go to sleep, or to stay asleep, or maybe sleep just doesn’t work for you the way it used to. A variety of sleep disorders can plague your body’s efforts to rest, some of your bedtime routines and daily habits could also be working against you. Regardless of the cause, the results can be devastating. Even short bouts of poor sleep interrupt the natural ebb and flow of your appetite, suppress your immune system and harm your appearance while also impacting focus, emotional control and memory by damaging brain tissue. Your brain responds to sleep deprivation by skewing your perception of the world. Psychological studies have shown that fatigue dampens your ability to identify and respond to dangers, interact with others and make good decisions while disturbing your judgement of morality, consequence and risk. Chronic sleep problems limit cellular repair, preventing the natural restoration of tissues and organs and promoting the inflammation that leads to obesity, diabetes, heart attacks, dementia and vascular disease. A habit of unhealthy sleep results in a quadrupled risk of stroke, for example, and those sleeping, on average, 5 hours a night have a mortality rate 4 times greater than those who average 7, regardless of age. The consequences are clear and, as new research continues to uncover the clear links between sleep and disease, we know bad outcomes are avoidable.

A Natural Solution

The return of deep, restorative sleep is elusive to those who suffer with undiagnosed sleep problems. Many sleep disorders prevent the natural daily recovery that sleep provides. Treatments can focus on the elimination of the physical, psychological and behavioral barriers that often prevent healthy sleep, and in the process create lasting improvements to your overall well-being. Sleep disorders can prevent you from falling asleep, remaining asleep, or feeling refreshed from your sleep. In the short term, regular healthy sleep boosts your immune system, normalizes appetite and heart function, and rejuvenates your mood and appearance. Improved mental acuity and risk reduction for all types of accidents quickly follow as the brain benefits from the cleansing properties of deep sleep. Studies have consistently shown that many of the physical and mental effects of chronic poor sleep can be reversed by habitual quality sleep. For example, studies show that obstructive sleep apnea can cause a loss of tissue in select brain areas that is reversible after just 12 months of treatment. High quality sleep controls blood pressure, returns blood sugar levels to normal and reduces circulating stress hormones. The benefits of treatment are just as clear as the repercussions of inaction.

FusionHealth is here to guide you through the process of identifying your sleep issues and working with you to ensure that your treatment is convenient, effective and addresses all of your needs. We won’t rest until you do. Take advantage of our expertise, contact us at 1-877-615-7257 or email

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