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#Gbites: Reframing Your Relationship With Sleep

by Dan Goldstein and Natalie Gentile, MD

“But [Pooh] couldn't sleep. The more he tried to sleep the more he couldn't. He tried counting Sheep, which is sometimes a good way of getting to sleep, and, as that was no good, he tried counting Heffalumps. And that was worse. Because every Heffalump that he counted was making straight for a pot of Pooh's honey, and eating it all.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Yes, sleep. Everyone is sick of hearing about it. But there is a reason this topic keeps coming up in the lifestyle medicine discussion. Because when it comes to sleep, many of us feel like Pooh Bear. Most peoples’ relationship with sleep is very love-hate. We know we need it, but man, can it really get in the way of our plans. With a long list of responsibilities in a given day, getting a good night’s sleep often just becomes another thing on the list—the very last thing on that list, getting pushed back and pushed back further into the night. And like Pooh, intention is not …

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