Sleep is one of those things that I have become much more interested in over the last decade. It’s probably because I had a baby 6 years ago and haven’t quite slept the same since. Ha!
Seriously though, many people really do struggle with getting enough sleep. And sleep can effect so many different areas of our lives including weight and stress levels. Not getting enough sleep can cause us to be too tired to function well in our jobs or interpersonal relationships. Getting enough sleep is just so important. But lots of things can interrupt or interfere with our sleep! Menopause, gastric reflux, stress, napping, caffeine, alcohol, and so many other things can do this.
On this episode of the Southern Fried Girlfriends podcast, we welcomed Laurie Walsh, FNP-C to talk about the issue of sleep from big problems to small. She gave us a ton of practical tips, as well as giving us “permission” to manage our sleep in accordance with our body’s individual needs.
Laurie has been nurse for 30 years and a nurse practitioner for the last 10 years. She has been working in the sleep medicine department of Laureate medical group in Sandy Springs, Georgia for the last 5 years. She has been married for 33 years and has 2 grown children. Laurie has been a volunteer with the high school ministry at her church and enjoys hobbies including gardening, card making, reading and crochet.
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Resources and References:
Stop Bang Questionnaire
Laureate Medical Group – Sandy Springs
Healthy Sleep Tips from the National Sleep Foundation