How Caffeine Affects Sleep

How Caffeine Affects Sleep

  How many times growing up do you remember hearing your parents tell you “no more soda today, that caffeine isn’t good for you?” Meanwhile, they were sipping on their own soda…or coffee…or energy drink. Here’s the thing: caffeine is not good for sleep, for...
Does Missing Sleep Cause Weight Gain?

Does Missing Sleep Cause Weight Gain?

  Sleep & Healthy Weight Maintenance Have you heard that missing sleep can cause weight gain? Well…have you ever noticed that on the days when you wake up without those full 8 hours, you feel a little bloated? Or maybe you’re much hungrier than you...
Anti-inflammatory Mexican Hot Chocolate

Anti-inflammatory Mexican Hot Chocolate

  What is Mexican Hot Chocolate? Before I dive into this new recipe for y’all, I wanted to share what differentiates the traditional hot chocolate from this version. “Mexican hot chocolate” refers to the classic drink with a spicy twist –...
How do CBD and THC Affect Sleep?

How do CBD and THC Affect Sleep?

  Do CBD and THC affect sleep? Do you use cannabis – either pure CBD or a mix of CBD with THC – to help you sleep “better?”  This is one of the most common questions you guys ask me on social media, so we’re finally going to tackle it:  Do CBD and THC...
How to Stay Healthy Over the Holidays

How to Stay Healthy Over the Holidays

Even this year, when things are crazier than ever thanks to the you-know-what, people are asking me how to stay healthy during the holidays. This time of year is the best and the worst for a lot of us. We just want to spend time with loved ones, probably drinking and...
How Does Sleep Affect ADHD – and Vice Versa?

How Does Sleep Affect ADHD – and Vice Versa?

  Beware: this blog is purely Kirk off the wall. However, I think my logic is pretty inescapable here.  Is your kid diagnosed with ADHD? Or maybe they seem like they might get that diagnosis soon? Whether it’s a child or an adult who’s got ADHD, there are a lot...
Vitamin D3 & its Effects on Your Sleep

Vitamin D3 & its Effects on Your Sleep

  Many people are (over) supplementing with melatonin to help them sleep better.  But what if your body was just better at making its own melatonin? That’s what we’re going to get into today – and it starts with understanding a nutrient known as vitamin D3. ...
How Puberty Affects Sleep

How Puberty Affects Sleep

Sleep and puberty: how things change The first thing I want to make clear here is that there is a huge difference between kids and adolescents.  That’s no different when it comes to how their body deals with sleep.  When a kid starts going through puberty to become an...
How Much Melatonin is Safe for Kids?

How Much Melatonin is Safe for Kids?

Melatonin production & function Melatonin supplementation is something I’ve always tried to dissuade people from, and for kids it’s no different.  The supplements we see on the market today are far more than what we need – even as adults....
How Can You Help Your Teenager Sleep More?

How Can You Help Your Teenager Sleep More?

It seems like teenagers are on one end or the other on the sleep spectrum. Either they are constantly sleeping, or they never want to shut their eyes. I got this question from a concerned mother on Instagram about her sons that are on Team No-Sleep: “Could you PLEASE...
Power Napping for Parents: Can it Make a Difference?

Power Napping for Parents: Can it Make a Difference?

  When it comes to tactical advice for napping as a parent, I wish it could be more cut-and-dry.  There isn’t really one thing that can be done to help with the logistics of napping when you’ve got kids running around. Hopefully you’ve got bannisters on your...
Do Naps Affect Nighttime Sleep?

Do Naps Affect Nighttime Sleep?

“Do naps affect nighttime sleep?” This is a common question that I get. And it makes sense that we think this could happen, especially with someone who isn’t sleep deprived.  But the reality of napping is that it’s a bit more complex (of course) than...
Bedtime Routine for Kids: What Actually Works?

Bedtime Routine for Kids: What Actually Works?

A Bedtime Routine for Kids: Different from Adults? If you’re a parent who’s trying to manage your own bedtime health with a few kids in tow, you’re not alone. What makes a bedtime routine for kids different? The sleep-deprived parent is a stereotype because pretty...
Do I Have a Sleep Disorder or Something Else?

Do I Have a Sleep Disorder or Something Else?

  If you know how I operate, you probably already know that I think the number of diagnoses given out these days is a joke.  The medical system we’re dealing with in America is focused on pill fixes and not root causes. That’s not to say diagnoses aren’t real....
Supplements are Supplemental

Supplements are Supplemental

What are the most important things you can be doing to improve your health? As the owner of a supplement company, I probably shouldn’t be telling you this. But as a doctor and someone who just wants the best for people, here it is: you’re probably approaching...
COVID-19: The Real Reason Why We Wear Masks

COVID-19: The Real Reason Why We Wear Masks

  You should wear a mask for the rest of your life…  That’s what I have to say to folks who get verbally and physically upset at others for NOT wearing a mask… If you believe that not wearing a mask translates to the complete disregard for (and ultimately...
COVID-19: This Thing’s All But Over

COVID-19: This Thing’s All But Over

  Why?…  Why were we all forced to wear masks, self-quarantine, and take part in an unprecedented, nationwide economic shutdown?   To stop people from contracting the virus? No. The purpose of the lockdown was and has never been to stop everyone from...
COVID-19: Should We Trust Some Or None Of The Data?

COVID-19: Should We Trust Some Or None Of The Data?

  What does it mean to say someone has died from the coronavirus?…  Sounds like a fairly straightforward question, but as it turns out, the CDC guidelines on this definition have shifted over time. Some people are simply assumed to have had it. Some people...
COVID-19: Moving From Fear to Courage

COVID-19: Moving From Fear to Courage

  I blew a fuse… Literally!  The other day I needed to replace a fuse in my car, so I went to an auto parts store. But, the second I cross the threshold to the entrance, I was met with a rather stern directive: “Sir, you have to have a mask…”  My response:...
COVID-19: Why Your Mask Doesn’t Work

COVID-19: Why Your Mask Doesn’t Work

  Here’s a little public service announcement about masks…  An article published on pubmed in 2019 compared the effectiveness of surgical masks vs the “creme de la creme” N95 respirator masks in preventing influenza. The study in question was...
COVID-19: Calming Your Nervous System

COVID-19: Calming Your Nervous System

  COVID-19 times can be stressful times…  Between the obsessive hand washing, mandatory masks, and food/toilet paper hoarding, we’re surrounded on all sides by potential stressful triggers. So, what’s a person to do? For starters, if you find yourself...
COVID-19: Something Weird Is Going On

COVID-19: Something Weird Is Going On

  Ever had a conversation that just leaves you stunned? I recently had quite the eye-opening chat with my good friend and colleague Dr Anthony G Beck. The topic? Some very head-scratching COVID-19 data points… On our video call, Dr Beck shared a public data...