Everyone told me that when I hit 40, my boobs would sag more, my hips would expand and my energy would be shot (nice, right?). Because I had been enjoying many years of great health, I figured this would not apply to me.
Then I turned 40.
To be honest and maybe give a little too much information, the whole boob thing was a non-issue as I've never graduated past an A cup. But I did get thicker through the middle for no apparent reason, and worst of all, I couldn't sleep a full night anymore! As the years went by, I did notice my energy waning. By the time I turned 46, I honestly could hardly get through the afternoon let alone the evening.
I craved naps from about 10am until 7:30pm. My favourite time of the day was cuddling my youngest son, Cole, to sleep because I had a legitimate excuse to sleep myself. See if you can relate to this:
As long as I kept moving I was ok. But as soon as I sat down in the evening, I was falling asleep and could hardly function.
That's no way to live the next 40+ years of my life. Something HAD to change.
But here was the crazy thing. I had done all the sleep hygiene things the gurus suggest.
- I'd dim the lights 2 hours before bed time...
- I'd stay off screens...
- I wouldn't watch Netflix in my bedroom before bed...
- I installed an app on my computer that changed the blue light wavelength to a (creepy) warm "healthy" wavelength 2 hours before my set bedtime (just in case I had to do something online before bed)...
- I never drank coffee after noon...
- I didn't work out in the evening (ok, that was a pretty easy one to manage)...
- I didn't drink beverages after dinner so I wouldn't be awoken by my bladder...
- I used a melatonin spray just before my head hit the pillow, which apparently did nothing for me...
- I even used sex as a sleep aid (to my husband's delight)...
And still, I would wake consistently at 2:30am twiddling my thumbs until after 5am, when Craig's alarm would go off. And the day would begin.
Then, in February of 2018, everything changed.
I found out something about my health I had no idea was going on, and I've been sleeping like a baby ever since. As you can imagine, I feel happier and way more energized simply because I'm finally catching up on some much needed zzzz's.
This was the game changer for me: through the wonders of genetic testing, I determined that I have a few faulty genes that a) don't allow me to stay calm long enough while I'm sleeping to STAY asleep, and b) for lack of a better way to explain it, I have a leaky energy bucket that was causing my chronic exhaustion, among other things.
And the change was almost instantaneous.
So how does this whole gene thing work? Well, imagine sleep and energy were like a road that I had to travel over every day. My road was broken, so I couldn't reach that shangri-la of great sleep and awesome energy on the other side.
What do we do with a broken road? We fix it or we build a bridge over it.
You cannot fix the genes you have. But you CAN bridge the gap to get the end result you need for your health. By using specific nutritional supplements that replace what you're not making naturally anymore, it is possible to get rid of some of the collateral damage those broken genes have caused.
How do you know if YOU have faulty genes?
Get tested. It's a simple cheek swab that could literally change your life. Not many offices in North America offer this testing right now, but ours does :)
If you're curious whether genetic testing can help you sleep better and have way more energy, let me know and I'll answer any questions you may have. The consultation is always free.
Have a great day!
~ Dr. Shawna
P.S. - If you want to watch some videos about genetic testing, check these out:
The Bucket Theory - this video is about kids and depression, but the concept regarding energy and sleep is similar.
P.P.S.S. - If you don't live close to my office, we can still do genetic testing. I have patients all over the world. As long as you have a phone or internet connection, we likely can make this work.