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Episode 82

First aired July 11, 2018

The single most important cause of sleep disturbance may be mobile phones

In this interview for Unlock Your Health, Dr. Vijay Murthy speaks with Melissa Doman, a sleep consultant. Melissa says that sleep is more and more considered a luxury item than the necessity that is actually is for our health and well-being. She explains that sleep is important for hormonal balance, ability to deal with stress, immunity, brain health, and more.  For many people she talks to, she says it is the things that keep us connected to the world (phone, laptop, etc.) that is taking priority over a good night's rest.  When adults do not get the required 7-9 hours of sleep they need each night, this can have detrimental effects on mood, physical appearance, and lead to major health issues like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and possibly neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's. Melissa says that ‘Good sleep must be prioritized - it's as important as eating healthy and exercising’.

About our Guest

Melissa Doman is a certified Sleep Sense consultant and is the director of Physical Development at Doman International. She has coached families around the world on how to get the best night's sleep for the whole family - parents included! She has also helped adults who have struggled to sleep well get a better night's rest.  She also has experience working with children with special needs. To find about more about Melissa Doman’s work visit

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