In the second of four interactive lectures, the team at the Charlottesville Center for Functional Medicine (Rob Abbott, Ryan Hall and Kerri Cooper) describe the basic physiology and neurohormonal regulation of sleep as well as provide a look at the unfortunate consequences of poor sleep and sleep deprivation. Ryan and Kerri provided some insights on how to best track and quantify the duration, quality and timing of one's sleep. We then offer some practical and simple tips to improve one’s sleep hygiene and thus one's overall sleep.
We then seek to provide our best all-encompassing definition of stress
“Stress is any factor, both perceived and unperceived, that exerts tension on an individual or system and requires an intentional physiologic or psychological response to maintain a state of functional homeostasis.”
From this working definition we organize and discuss the differences between perceived vs. unperceived stress as well as physiological vs. psychological stress. We describe many of the common sources of underlying chronic inflammation or unperceived physiologic stress that can be uncovered with a thorough clinical history and targeted functional medicine diagnostics. We end the discussion outlining our clinical approach to building resilience and reducing stress by instituting practical and meaningful therapies addressed both perceived psychological and unperceived physiologic stress.
You can watch the lecture in its entirety or on our Youtube page.
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