The Impact of Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation seems to be the hallmark of modern society but it is not harmless.  Artificial light has turned night into day with a possible 24 hour work day.  The end result is a major decrease in sleep time.   The loss of sleep is associated with an increase in stress to be sure but other body functions as well.

One of  the first effects of sleep deprivation is seen as an increase in higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the early evening.  Normally the stress hormone is decreasing in the latter part of the day as we relax and unwind from the day.  The higher level of cortisol can lead to an  inability to stay asleep.  More than the lack of sleep it leads to insulin resistance , a risk factor for diabetes and obesity.

Sleep restriction can also impact the thyroid.  It has been shown to decrease the thyroid stimulation hormone (TSH)  by more than 30 percent.  Therefore thyroid levels are effective which regulate the metabolic rate of the body and can lead to weight gain.

Sleep and eating are also related.  It turns out that our hormone that controls appetite, leptin, is markedly dependent on sleep duration.  Even in as little as three nights of restricted sleep leptin decreases and the hormone that increases the appetite, ghrelin increases.  Unfortunately ghrelin gives us those craving for high carbohydrate foods.  All leading to more weight gain.

Clearly you can see how profoundly sleep impacts the rest of our body and puts us at risk for major chronic diseases.

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Doctor Leesa “The All Natural Pharmacist”



The Fragrance of Christmas

It is that magical time of year when the glitter comes out and the friends come over to spread laughter and cheer.   There are so many memories being made during this season so add some happiness to your home by diffusing oils that lift the mood.

Some of the best blends are:

wild orange and Protective blend with all the smells of ginger, clove and cinnamon ( also supports your immune system)

Douglas Fir, Wintergreen, lemon, or rosemary also combine for a wonderful smell of outdoors and Christmas trees.

You can find all these at my Essential oils store so stock up and have some fun but most importantly smile for all your blessings!


Relieve Anxiety with Essential oils

Isn’t it funny how many memories are triggered by a smell.  That is no accident we are hard wired to do just that. There is literally a gland in the brain called the amygdala (for those that care) that can only be stimulated by our sense of smell.

That same gland plays a major role in storing emotions.  So as you can see stress can be highly influenced by the powerful complex smells  essential oils.

So let me break this down for you-

Mints and Florals are best for – worry, anxiety, hurt, apathetic or fearful feelings.  Like lavender, clary sage, spearmint, peppermint, ylang ylang, chamomile

Citrus and Spices are best for – gloomy, discouraged, bored, or discouraged feeling. Like wild orange, coriander, cassia, cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom

Grasses, herbs and trees are best for – sadness, grieving, angry or disconnected feelings. Like bergamot, juniper, myrrh, frankincense, thyme, cypress

You can buy these in individually or in blends but next time your emotions need some support reach for essential oils for fast relief.


And if you want to start to bring these wonderful oils into your life go to my Essential oils store and sign up as a wellness advocate TO GET WHOLESALE prices every day.

Doctor Leesa
Skype: leesa.haire