How Stress Kept This Doctor Up all Night
- Posted on: Dec 22 2014
With three young children, an entrepreneurial husband and an extremely busy medical practice to run, Dr. Wesley Brady should have been tired enough to fall asleep at the dinner table. While she was mentally and physically exhausted, for several years there was something that caused this Dallas physician to spend hours every night tossing and turning, unable to sleep. She was a part of an estimated 50 to 70 million Americans who suffer from insomnia and it was wrecking her health.
“Like many women who juggle a full-time job, marriage and childcare, I often struggled with insomnia,” Dr. Brady said. “I would often find myself wide-awake long past midnight, sorting the next day’s activities, unable to relax at all.”
After learning and being trained in hormone replacement therapy for her patients, Dr. Brady decided to take the advice of the well-worn proverb found in the fourth chapter of the book of Luke: “Physician heal thyself.” In a simple office procedure, she had BioTE® pellets injected under her skin and the effect was almost immediate.
“Since adopting the BioTE regimen, my insomnia is 90% better,” she noted. “I have made no other lifestyle changes, so BioTE gets all the credit. I now sleep much more soundly and for 7 to 8 hours, consistently. I’m looking forward to my next pellet!”
Sleepless in America
The problems associated with insomnia and sleep deprivation were the subjects of a recent television program produced by The National Institute of Health, The Public Good Projects and the National Geographic Channel. It aired on November 30, 2014, and the information presented was eye-opening.
Sleeplessness, which medical experts define as getting less than six hours per night of sleep, is a risk factor for many life-threatening diseases. For example, a lack of sleep can cause obesity which can lead to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Without the restorative effect of sound sleep, mental disorders such as depression, anxiety attacks and substance abuse are more likely to occur. Even the destruction of the brain tissue found in people who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, can be exacerbated by sleep deprivation.
The prescription drugs, taken by millions of people to induce sleep, can also cause problems. As one physician in the NatGeo show noted, “These drugs are available to almost everyone and bad things can happen in the middle of the night.”
Click here for a quick look at this National Geographic Channel special report: “Sleepless in America.”
Insomnia is a By-Product of Hormonal Imbalance
“It’s rare that one factor causes insomnia,” notes Dr. Tim Blend a physician and trained BioTE practitioner in Sarasota, Florida. “There are always multiple reasons for sleeplessness.”
Factors such as thyroid imbalance, low testosterone or cortisol level can prevent the neurotransmitters in the brain from functioning correctly. This leads to wakefulness,” he said.
Dr. Blend notes that few people show up in his examining room, complaining of insomnia. “In most cases, the patient makes an appointment to see us because he or she is experiencing chronic fatigue, excessive weight gain or low libido,” he said. “Once we check their hormone levels, and often find them extremely low, we prescribe the hormone replacement therapy. In a matter of a few days, the typical response from the patient is: ‘I haven’t slept this well in years!’”
Another physician, in another part of the country expressed similar sentiments.
“I’ve been practicing medicine for 34 years and there is no doubt that low hormones are extremely disruptive to the health and sleep habits of many patients,” noted Dr. Randy Birken, another doctor trained to administer the BioTE® pellets whose practice is located in The Woodlands, Texas.
“It is critical that the metabolic hormones and the brain hormones, also known as neurotransmitters, are optimized because they work synergistically,” he said. “Hot flashes and night sweats are symptoms of unbalanced hormones and these can also lead to sleeplessness.”
“Sleep is Health”
Like millions of Americans, physicians work hard and deal with enormous stress. As such, they are not immune to the debilitating effects of sleeplessness. Dr. Wesley Brady – wife, mother and physician – has years of professional training and experience with patients who sometimes desperately need her help. Because of this, she has first-hand knowledge of the science behind hormone replacement therapy.
“I inform all my patients that medical research is clear – sleep is health,” she notes. “For most adults, 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night is crucial to optimize an adult’s immune system, libido, mental faculties and overall well-being.”
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Article Source: “How Stress Kept This Doctor Up all Night” bioET Medical. December 10, 2014
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