Since my heart attack in 2010 and my stroke in 2014 I have been on a quest for better health. I began biking, walking, working out and trying to eat healthily. One of the things I am most proud of is kicking my 30 year Dr. Pepper habit. There were many days that I was easily drinking a 12 pack of Dr. Pepper before I gave it up last summer.’
Another aspect of my quest has been reading books on healthier living, including many diet books. Many have been solid and helpful while many more have been a waste of time. For those who know it is no surprise that a huge hurdle in my journey towards better health is my life-long battle with insomnia. I have had difficulty sleeping most of my life, and it has seemed to increase as each year has passed. There have been, and continue to be, many days where I function on only a couple of hours of sleep. This has gone on for weeks at a time before a break will come, and I will get a full nights sleep.
Lack of sleep affects the mind and all the body’s organs, but it particularly takes a toll upon the heart. It can cause weight gain, depression, lethargy, digestive problems as well as many other negative consequences upon your health.
Imagine my interest when I received Dr. Alan Christianson’s book “The Adrenal Reset Diet” and read that many health issues, particularly sleeping disorders, are connected to diet and its effects upon the body’s adrenal gland. Having just finished the book, I have not yet begun the diet; however, I have hope.
In “The Adrenal Reset Diet” you learn about the importance of light therapy, carbohydrate cycling, how to control stress levels, and how to reset your sleep patterns and habits. This summer I will be giving the book’s recommendations and diet a try and will report back my results. Until then, I could not recommend this book more highly. It is well researched yet not too difficult to understand. The best thing for me is Dr. Christianson promises that I can get into a heathy pattern of solid sleep. I can not wait to find out if he is right.