Are you having a brain fog?
Can’t concentrate at work, feeling dizzy?
The cause of your afflictions may be as minor as you think but still so critical.
It is sleep.
The very first chapter of Mark Burhenne’s book The Eight Hour Sleep Paradox begins with the question:
Why is a dentist writing about sleep issues?
It begins when his daughters complain about his snoring one day, but come to learn it was his uber health conscious wife who had the sleeping problems. More specifically, interrupted sleep breathing.
“The people who suffer the most are perhaps the people who seem the healthiest.”(pg. 17)
Mark warns us that it is our teeth and their placement that literally affects how we breathe at night. For example, “the placement of your teeth in your mouth affects the placement of everything else including your jaw, tongue and facial muscles…among other things crowded teeth reduce the amount of space you can use to breathe.”(pg. 5)
Now we understand in part, how teeth affect our sleep.
The power of this book rests in the caring tone Mark Burhenne have for readers; born from care for his own family. He was saddened by the loss of his father in 1996 who suffered dementia, and Mark wondered if sleep could have changed his dad’s fate. Now that there is more research conducted on the topic, is there more we can learn from sleep? Can it save us?
What you should know about the sleep paradox now
- Common types of people with undiagnosed sleep disorders are: athletes, allergy sufferers, children with ADD/ADHD, petite women(?) and those who grind their teeth.
- Monitor your sleep(there are apps for that, by the way).
One key takeaway I got from the book is that it is not about getting 8 hours of sleep, it is the quality of how you are sleeping. If you are getting up in the middle of the night or after hearing your own interrupted breathing via a monitor, chances are you will not be at your optimal self the next morning.
Word of advice? Don’t end up like The Sleepless!
I highly recommend this book!
Thank you again, to Mr. Mark Burhenne for gifting me this book!
~The Write Web