Did you know that the quality of the sleep you get each night can seriously impact (positively or negatively) your effectiveness and productivity at work? It’s suspected that at least one third of workers get inadequate sleep – less that 7 hours - leading to an increased difficulty concentrating, learning, and communicating. And of those who do get the 7 hours, few are getting the necessary 1.5-plus hours of delta sleep (slow wave sleep or N3) which is necessary for your body to repair itself and recharge for the next day. Without this “deep sleep” your organs can’t detox, your kidneys can’t clean your blood, and your body can’t replace cells, heal wounds, or build muscle tissues. And that fully rested feeling when you wake up is replaced by a grogginess or feeling disoriented, at least until you get going. Sound familiar? Do this day after day and the cumulative effects of sleep deprivation become quite serious – reduced performance, increased risk of mistakes and even injury – all leading to a compromised bottom line for your employer and a reduction in your health. That’s why with all new clients I ask whether they snore. Commonly the answer from most is they don’t, although their partner tells them they do. They then put snoring down to having had a “few drinks” or being a bit more tired or stressed at work … but the list of excuses tends to go on and on ... But snoring is nothing to be excused. If you snore it means your sleep is being disrupted, and your body is constantly being prevented from transitioning into a deeper sleep as you end up tossing and turning all night. In fact heavy snoring may be associated with obstructive sleep apnoea, a serious sleep disorder where the walls of the throat relax and come together during sleep, blocking off the airway above the voice box so you stop breathing momentarily. But there’s a very serious side of snoring and sleep apnoea - it’s mighty dangerous. Apart from keeping your partner awake (and grumpy the next day) it’s a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and many other health problems, let alone poor work performance. So why do people ‘make light’ of their snoring? I can only assume it’s a fear of having to deal with a problem that appears to be difficult to treat. Let’s face it the last thing people want to deal with is using a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine and breathing like Darth Vader. It’s a very sexy thought – NOT. But reducing, or even eliminating snoring doesn’t have to be arduous. Did you know it’s estimated that one in four men over the age of 30 years have some degree of sleep apnoea? It’s more common than asthma! And a lot of the time people who snore don’t actually realise they are waking up to ‘kick start’ their breathing … and this can happen hundreds of times a night! So if any of the following sound familiar it might be time to take action: · daytime sleepiness, fatigue and tiredness · poor concentration · irritability and mood changes · impotence and reduced sex drive · need to get up to toilet frequently at night. So what’s the solution? If you suspect you have sleep apnoea then your first step should be to discuss the matter with your doctor who may refer you to a sleep clinic for assessment. But there a number of things that make snoring worse … · alcohol, especially in the evening · illnesses that cause reduced thyroid production or the presence of a very large goitre · large tonsils · medications like sleeping tablets and sedatives · nasal congestion and obstructions Apart from avoiding the above where possible, by far, the best treatment for snoring and sleep apnoea is losing weight - especially if you carry it around the chest and neck areas. Dr Lawrence Epstein, assistant medical director of clinical sleep medicine at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital says “If we can get people to lose weight, it would make both sleep apnoea and other health problems [such as heart disease] go away.” In fact losing just 10% of body weight can have a big effect on sleep apnoea symptoms. In some cases, losing a significant amount of weight can even cure the condition. And the fastest way to do that is with my hCG Diet Program. And the great news is I’ve got a few places available right now in my program! So if you’re keen to increase your work performance, reduce your snoring so you feel energised each day, then give me a call on 1300 93 13 48 to discuss how you can quickly shed your excess weight to a better night’s sleep!
In my previous blog I led you through the journey I took when I discovered the ultimate weight loss cure, known as hCG. But after my trial I decided the hCG protocol shouldn’t be that hard. So I went on a mission to know everything I could about this hormone, how to use it, and how to tweak the original studies to make the program more varied and easier. I spent the next 3 years studying hCG, mainly in the US as there was no hCG knowledge base in Australia other than the Compound Pharmacy and the doctor that prescribed it. There was no one I could go to, no one to ask for help. I was on my own, exploring this uncharted weight loss opportunity. On my return I started running hCG trials, first on myself and then anyone in the family or any friends – men or women - who carried weight and wanted to get it off – 5, 10, even 20 kilos. We were the first guinea pigs to try my new magic weight loss solution. I not only learned so much during these trails, as I stretched and pulled Dr Simeon’s original protocol into the modern era, but I was getting phenomenal results for everyone on my version of the program. It was time to take this to the public, to others who wanted real, long lasting results. No longer were the only options a continued cycle of crash diets, or lap band surgery, or living with the depression of ever increasing pounds or inches. Finally I had found the natural solution that I’d been seeking. I needed to put the original protocol from Dr Simeons along with everything I’d learned so far into an easily digestible (pun intended) program for others to follow. There was a lot to do and I needed help. I established a network of doctors and hCG experts in the US and Europe that I could bounce ideas off and ask questions. I wrote my own hCG Diet Program manual, and had my Melbourne doctor proof read it to make sure what I written, from a medical perspective, was correct. Through the trials I conducted I also realised the only way to really help people get great results was to tailor the program to people’s individual lifestyles, and to stay in contact with them every day, monitoring their progress and helping them to climb any hurdles. So I studied life coaching and neuro linguistic programming (NLP), which was especially useful when helping clients with food (or other) addictions, or other emotional issues that could cause weight gain. I also learned a lot more about diseases associated with excess weight - diabetes, heart disease (high cholesterol and high blood pressure), strokes, gallbladder and kidney issues, asthma and breathing problems and arthritis - and how losing weight would alleviate the symptoms, and even in some cases cure them completely. I was fascinated by the food aspect of Dr Simeon’s protocol and why he prohibited certain types of food on the program. So I studied food and nutrition, and its effects on the human body. I learned (and tested) what other foods I could add to my unique program to maintain the original intent of Dr Simeon’s 1950s protocol whilst allowing additional variety for clients. Finally, in 2012, I was ready to go to market with a complete fully support coaching program for losing weight using hCG. And so Cindy Marr’s hCG Diet Program was born. Finding clients was difficult at first – who wanted to risk taking a pregnancy hormone, especially men, to lose weight? But I had the evidence-based results of my trials to back my program up. And when my new clients started getting amazing results they told their friends. And slowly news of my hCG program spread like an underground movement. And the rest, they say, is history … or is it just the beginning?