How To Improve Your Sleep Quality
Integrative sleep surgeon who practices in New York City, and author Dr. Steven Park joined the show. He discusses what is the best sleep position, how sleep can affect your appetite and weight and a lot more interesting details on this episode. Did you sleep well last night?
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Dr. Steven Park is an integrative sleep surgeon who practices in New York City, and is also the author of the book, Sleep, Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired. It was endorsed by New York Times best-selling authors Christiane Northrup, M.D., Dean Ornish, M.D., Mark Liponis, M.D., Mary Shomon, and many others. Board-certified in Otolaryngology, he received his undergraduate degree from The Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons. His otolaryngology residency training was completed at Albert Einsten/Montefiore.Dr. Park practices integrative medicine and surgery, with a firm belief that other models of health and disease can complement traditional, Western medicine. He provides monthly live tele-seminars with experts not only related to his field, but also professionals in other areas—he has interviewed an acupuncturist, dietician, and a neuro-linguistic programming and hypnosis expert in the past. He firmly believes that one must treat the whole person first, including addressing his or her diet, lifestyle, stresses and emotional states, rather than focusing on one simple symptom or area of the body. You can viist Dr. Park online at DoctorStevenPark.com.
Abbreviated Transcript of Interview with Dr. Steven Park
Eric Michaels: What is the best sleep position?
Dr. Park: If you read these books on sleep position, or read articles on the Internet, there are many different explanations such as different sleeping positions according to different personality types but my explanation of sleeping position actually depends on how well you are able to breath at night. Most people would think that it is normal to sleep on your back and that is what is depicted in the media, on TV and the movies but you would be surprised that many people can't sleep on their backs and would rather sleep on their side or stomachs and the main reason is that due to having smaller jaw structures, the smaller the jaw the less space there is behind the tongue and so when you are on your back...
Eric Michaels: How does sleep affect your appetite and weight?
Dr. Park: Now we know that poor sleep or lack of sleep whether it is quality or quantity of sleep effects weight. There is a hormone that is an appetite hormone, and that gets effected if you don't sleep enough or if you don't get quality sleep. Your appetites for fatty foods or sugary foods goes up and you get more hungry and then the stress hormones go up which also makes you gain weight and so when you start to gain weight, then it starts to narrow the throat and then you stop breathing more often and that makes you more tired and sleepy which makes you eat more. it is a vicious cycle.
Eric Michaels: How is anxiety and depression affected by poor sleep?
Dr. Park: So going back to inefficient sleep, if you don't sleep efficiently and what I am proposing here in my book, all modern humans have this predisposition to not breathe properly at night....basically if we assume everyone stops breathing once in a while, and this is aggravated by various factors, if you eat later at night, or if you drink alcohol for this relaxes your muscles, if your nose is stuffy, you stop breathing much more often, allergies and colds can aggravate this too so...
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