What Is Driving Your Poor Sleep And How Can You Fix It?

Episode 66 40m


Inadequate sleep quantity and quality is a major problem for so many of us. Not only does it leave us feeling bad, it is also detrimental to our overall health. Poor sleep can lead to everything from mood swings to blood sugar imbalances, hormonal imbalances, weight gain, poor memory, and much more. So what is causing our poor sleep and what can we do to improve it?

In this episode, Dr. Hyman sits down with Dr. Cindy Geyer to discuss how they work with patients to get to the root cause of sleep issues. They share essential tips to get better sleep and discuss specific concerns that affect women when it comes to issues with sleep.

Dr. Cindy Geyer received her Bachelor of Science and her Doctor of Medicine degrees, with honors, from the Ohio State University. She completed residency in internal medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. and is triple board certified in internal medicine, integrative medicine, and lifestyle medicine. She joined The Ultrawellness Center in 2021 after practicing and serving as the medical director at Canyon Ranch for 23 years. She has served on the Board of Directors for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and is a recently elected fellow of ACLM. Dr. Geyer has been a core faculty member at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) for 20 years, teaching physicians and other healthcare professionals how to use food and lifestyle to address health concerns in their own lives and those of their patients. A clinician, educator, and avid hiker, she is passionate about collaborative approaches to health and wellness: from the integrative team model in working with individual patients, to community partnerships that together can affect healthy changes in the places people live and work.

In this episode, Dr. Hyman and Dr. Geyer discuss:

  • Getting to the root causes of insomnia and sleep apnea
  • Causes and treatments for restless leg syndrome, including its connection with autoimmune issues and gut health
  • Commonly overlooked issues that drive poor sleep including heavy metals, hormone imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, and more
  • How PTSD and trauma history can impact sleep quality
  • Best practices for optimal sleep hygiene
  • How when we eat, how we eat, and what we eat impacts our sleep
  • How light exposure impacts your sleep
  • The value of sleep studies


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    Dr. Cindy Guyer: The clocks in the brain and the clocks in the body that are ideally going to be working in sync with each other, they're influenced by light, by movement and by food. So when we line all those things up during the day, it's going to help us get the rest that we need at night. Dr. Mark Hyman: Welcome to The Doctor's Farmacy, I'm Dr. Mark Hyman, that's pharmacy with an F, a place for conversations that matter. And if you struggle with sleep, you better listen up because this conversation is for you and it's with my friend and colleague, Dr. Cindy Guyer. Cindy is an extraordinary woman who I've known for decades now, hired originally at Canyon Ranch to be a doctor there. She..

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    Ep. 66 - What Is Driving Your Poor Sleep And How Can You Fix It?