317. The Advantages Of An Afternoon Nap


Who doesn’t love a good nap? In today’s podcast, Dr.Martin discusses a new study which claims there are many advantages to an afternoon nap! He will discuss blood pressure and brain health as well as what happens when we sleep. Dr.Martin will also discuss his thoughts on post COVID-19 as well as fear and what it does to our health. Do you take an afternoon nap? Don’t miss this episode!

TRANSCRIPT OF TODAY'S EPISODE

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Dr. Martin: Well, good morning everyone. Good to have you on with us this morning. We’re going to… A new study came out yesterday on sleep. This one [00:00:30] is particular, the one though when you sleep during the day. So we’ll talk about that a little wee bit today. I want to pontificate a little bit on the post coronavirus. Will those days ever come to an end? We’ll talk about that a little wee bit. Okay? So good morning to you. Couple of things I want to talk to you about this morning. One of them is sleep. New study came [00:01:00] out yesterday on the advantages of taking a power nap during the day.

Dr. Martin: Now I’ve been doing that. I watched my dad do that. My dad was a very busy guy. Come home from the clinic. He’d come home at lunch and he’d have a little bit of a power nap, about 10 or 15 minutes. I remember as a kid watching my dad. He could fall asleep at the drop of a hat. I don’t know if he just had some kind of switch and he’d just be able to poop and go to sleep and [00:01:30] guess what, he had to get back to the office. I did that for years and years and years. I still do it. I still nap. I like to have a little bit of a nap in the afternoon, but now, now science is saying that is a good thing.

Dr. Martin: Okay, so let’s talk a little bit about sleep. Sleep at night. What happens when you sleep at night? I don’t know if you will remember the teaching we did on that [00:02:00] and they were called glial cells. G-L-I-A-L, glial cells. Remember that? I talked about glial cells. Glial cells only work the night ship. When you sleep, they come in and work and they do repair at night. They clean up the brain and repair the brain when you’re sleeping. It’s so important to sleep. And by the way, by the way, by the way, [00:02:30] glial cells do not work if you’re taking a sleeping pill. Sleeping pills… Look, I understand, okay? Nights could be long if you’re not sleepy, but the problem with medication is that they sedate you and your brain is not being repaired.

Dr. Martin: So if you are taking sleeping pills for years and years and years, [00:03:00] I tell you, that is not good for your brain at all, at all, at all. As a matter of fact, I talked to you about this in the past, that that makes you… It’s another reason that makes you so susceptible to dementia and Alzheimer’s is the lack of sleep. And if you’re using a sedated sleep, not good longterm, it’s just not. So look, I get it. I understand sleep’s important and [00:03:30] do everything you can to get a good night’s sleep. I was reading a study yesterday like on Ashwaganda. Now, ashwagandha is tremendous. I’ve always liked it. I have it in several of my formulas. And the reason I like ashwagandha is that it lowers your stress.

Dr. Martin: It lowers your stress, it lowers your cortisol. I put it in our cortisol [00:04:00] formula because it helps to lower cortisol, balance out your cortisol. And when you have elevated levels of cortisol is one of the biggest reasons you don’t sleep. But this study that I’m talking to you about, the one that says, “Get a power nap during the day,” is very beneficial. And now we’re understanding why. Because when you get a power nap during the [00:04:30] day, even if it’s 10, 15, 20 minutes, it helps to repair the brain because it lowers the inflammation in the brain. This is what this study is telling us. And as a matter of fact, there’s two things that that lower inflammation does in the brain. One, if you get a power nap, it actually helps you to lower your blood pressure. It lowers your blood pressure.

Dr. Martin: Wow. Yeah, it lowers your blood [00:05:00] pressure. If you can just get a 10, 15, like I said, I think you need to be careful that you don’t sleep too long during the day, but a power nap is actually very good for you. It regenerates the brain. It helps and it lowers your blood pressure for people. Billions of dollars a year in North America are spent on medications to lower your blood pressure. [00:05:30] And I understand that. Doctors, they don’t like to see elevated blood pressure cause it makes you much more susceptible to stroke and heart attack. Yes. But having a power now, like I’ve had patients tell me over the years like, “Doc, if I sleep during the day, I’m worried it’s going to affect my sleep at night.” And sure, I understand that too. I get that.

Dr. Martin: But if you can train yourself [00:06:00] to get into a routine where you can pull out 15, 20 minutes, half an hour or whatever to shut yourself down during the day, I find it to be… For me, like I said, I watched my dad do it and then as a kid, but when I was in practice, I always took the power nap. Always. I found it to be very, very helpful for me. And then I put my game face on and [00:06:30] get back to work. But I found it to be very helpful. I think it’s part of your circadian rhythm.

Dr. Martin: Your body works on a rhythm. It’s like a… You have… Well, I’ll give you an example, for cortisol, your cortisol is always highest in the morning, gets you up. Cortisol, like it gets you going. It helps you to get going. Journey. You want… Like people say, “I don’t want cortisol.” No, you need cortisol. [00:07:00] Cortisol is an important hormone when it’s in balance because it gets you going and it helps you to go to sleep because your body works on a circadian rhythm. But there’s a lot of cultures and especially those where there’s a hot day where they just rest. They have a siesta. You’ve heard of siestas.

Dr. Martin: And now medicine is telling [00:07:30] us that it’s actually a very good medicine for two reasons. One, it helps to lower your blood pressure. I know why that happens, because it lowers your cortisol. And two, it helps to restore your memory. Now not like the glial cells do at night. Glial cells come in and really do a repair job when you’re sleeping, especially if you get into what they call a REM sleep, like a deep sleep and a recuperative sleep. A [00:08:00] lot of people don’t… they don’t do well, and women are the worst because they often have hormonal things going on and then they don’t get into that real deep sleep. [inaudible 00:08:14]. Yeah. That’s an interesting study, isn’t it? That having a power nap is actually very good for you.

Dr. Martin: I don’t think that’s been too controversial. Most people would agree with that, [00:08:30] but some always felt that if they had a little snooze or siesta in the afternoon that it would disturb their night’s sleep. And everybody’s different. I get that. I understand that. But generally what the research is showing is that this is actually quite good for you. It’s quite good for you. So just a little thing, it may not be one of your habits. It’s been my habit for… I’ve been in practice, [00:09:00] next month will be 46 years. Time flies. And so I’ve been doing it right from day one in… I just had the ability like my father to go into a very short little sleep and I always found it to be very helpful and I still do it today. And you might find now, I don’t know if you’re in the position I’m in, most people are right now. Most [00:09:30] people are not working in their regular… They might be working from home or whatever, but isn’t the world gone crazy?

Dr. Martin: And that’s part two of what I want to talk to you about today. Because it’s the elephant in the room, guys. W have to talk about, just because… I want to bring this out here in two ways. One, because I heard two different things yesterday and I just want to [00:10:00] talk about this for a second.. The Covid-19. Post Covid-19. Like for heaven sake, hopefully this isn’t the rest of our… Hopefully this isn’t the rest of our lives, guys. Right? I’ve never seen, in my lifetime, I’ve never seen anything like it. I went through 911 and the world changed, but my word, [00:10:30] people are… Honestly, I’ve never seen such fear as this.

Dr. Martin: I heard yesterday leading a physician, actually the physician who was in the United States at the head of Obamacare. He was the one who created Obamacare in the United States. So no dummy. [00:11:00] And he said nothing will go back to normal and he’s predicting 18 months until we have a vaccine for Covid-19. So you have that side of it and every day they have news conferences in Canada and the United States and they let the medical, the head of the task force in the United States and Canada’s [00:11:30] chief medical officer and they’re giving us numbers and all the models by the way were wrong in North America. And so you have on one side, one guy in the United States, and I think a lot of doctors agree with this, is that there will be nothing normal.

Dr. Martin: Like you’re not going to be able to go back into a big crowd. He’s saying you’re not even got… Restaurants won’t open [00:12:00] until they find a vaccine. And he said, okay, I’m just quoting him, the vaccine is a year and a half away. So there’s that side of the spectrum. On the other side of the spectrum, you… And some of the people right on our… Martin Clinic have sent to me to watch and whatever. And it’s sort of a conspiracy that Covid-19 is a conspiracy started in China [00:12:30] and this virus I already talked to you about this, is much different than any other virus that I’ve ever known. It doesn’t affect meanly. It doesn’t affect children. Generally, children don’t get sick. And I talked to you about this the other day that the reason they don’t have the schools are not open, they don’t want the children bringing this virus home to those who might be susceptible to it like [00:13:00] old people, grandma and grandpa and people with preexisting conditions.

Dr. Martin: So you have two sides of the spectrum. You have this side saying that this was orchestrated and even if it wasn’t orchestrated, the World Health Organization, whatever, they’re going to try and change the world through a virus. And Oh, to some extent, [00:13:30] I’m not a conspiracy guy so much, but to some extent they got to be right because they’re saying that we’re going to have a cashless society. Everyone is going to have to have the vaccination in order to get on an airplane. Maybe is possible, isn’t it? You’re going to have to be vaccinated to get on an airplane or to go on a cruise ever again. Is that possible? [00:14:00] I guess it is. I would have said no a few months ago. I’d have said, “Oh gee, we got our civil liberties. We’re not going to let that happen.” But I think it’s coming to a theater near you that once the vaccine and you’re going to have to prove it.

Dr. Martin: And what they’re saying on the conspiracy side is they’re going to put a chip with your medical records. They already know where you are anyways, if you got a smartphone [00:14:30] of any kind. Right? And they caught somebody in Canada that had Covid-19 and was supposed to stay in the house and they left the house and they only arrested them when they came back to the house. Because they knew they had gone out when they weren’t supposed to go. And so it’s sort of like a big brother, Orwell, George Orwell conspiracy. And like it’s a little bit scary. Then on the [00:15:00] other side, you have traditional medicine that’s saying, “Well, you can’t get back to normal at all until we have a vaccine and that’s 18 months away.” And the reason I’m bringing this up, okay, the reason I’m bringing this up is because one, I’d never seen this much fear.

Dr. Martin: The fallout from Covid-19 is going to be worse. Not only on the economy but on people [00:15:30] because we already talked about it today. The hormone cortisol. There’s going to be a certain segment of the population because of what cortisol does, it’s the fight or light, it’s adrenaline that never stops. And I know people, I’m telling you that have 24 in seven, they are so fearful and worried about not only the virus, but the ramifications of [00:16:00] the virus, that this is going to make them… It’s going to give you another… Look at guys, you know me, I’ve often talked to you about the effects of cortisol. Well one of them, we just saw it, blood pressure. People are going to develop blood pressure problems because of fear. Fear. Please don’t come after me. And you know what, “Dr. Martin, you’re minimizing [00:16:30] this.”

Dr. Martin: No, I’m not. No, I’m not. It’s affected me too. I get dressed up every day with nowhere to go. The clinic is closed right now. I’m not seeing patients. That’s true. So it’s affected me. It’s affected my family, my kids and my grandchildren. Everybody’s affected by this. Right? You get it. [00:17:00] So all I’m saying is okay, you got two sides and I think the world will change forever now. In my opinion, the world will change. There’s going to be things that we’re going to give up that were part of our lives and now they are going to be like going to a restaurant or whatever. But I just want to put something [00:17:30] into perspective for you. I’ve talked about this almost on a daily basis, but Covid-19, this is just facts.

Dr. Martin: You look them up. Covid-19, in terms of death is going to be less than Covid-18. What am I saying? When all of this post Covid-19 comes out and they look at all the statistic because… [00:18:00] Listen to this, even yesterday this happened in the new school. You might not have heard this but I heard it. One of the doctors, I think her name is Dr. Kirk, if I’m not mistaken, I might be spelling it wrong or thinking it wrong, but she is a woman at the head. There’s three doctors that if you ever watch the American channels, you’ll see them. They’re on the task force for coronavirus. And she said something that just got my attention yesterday [00:18:30] big time because she said, “We’re counting everybody that dies.” Like right now, I don’t know if you knew this or not, but other than Covid-19, the hospitals are empty pretty well.

Dr. Martin: The biggest problem with Covid-19 is they were worried about not people dying as much. Because you hear all that. Like they got it rolled up. If you watch CNN or whatever they have the number of deaths. Any news channel will tell you the number of deaths. [00:19:00] In Canada, in the United States and worldwide. But medicine was never concerned really about the number of deaths. They weren’t. Because flu is worse. Every year the flu kills more people than Covid-19 around the world. Guys, don’t get mad at me. Some people get mad at me because they say, “Dr. Matt, you don’t take this seriously.” No, I’m just telling you what the truth is. Every year more people die from the flu. But people get mad when I [00:19:30] compare it to the flu. I’m not comparing it to the flu in that sense. I’m not saying it’s not contagious. I’m not saying it’s not a bad problem. Jeepers, it closed the whole world down.

Dr. Martin: But here’s facts. They were worried about the hospital being overwhelmed with this virus because it’s so contagious. That’s what medicine was worried about. It wasn’t so much the deaths. And you hear about respirators, not enough respirators and all, that’s not what medicine [00:20:00] was worried about. That’s what politicians were worried about. Medical doctors were worried about overwhelming the hospitals. You know what’s happened? The opposite. Other than New York, it hasn’t happened in Toronto. It hasn’t happened in Montreal. It hasn’t happened anywhere except in New York and Louisiana and New Jersey and California. The hospitals are empty and the death [00:20:30] total when you see the death total, part of that death total is people dying with Covid-19 not of Covid-19. And the doctor, the head doctor in the United States said that that word count, if you have a heart attack and die and you have Covid-19, that’s a death due to Covid-19. She said it yesterday.

Dr. Martin: [00:21:00] If you have a stroke and you have Covid-19, it’s Covid-19 that killed you. No, the stroke killed. You see the flu kills thousands and thousands of people every year. Like we never talk about that, but it’s true. Okay? It’s true. But what’s lost in all of this? In my opinion, guys, okay, because we are going to have a post Covid-19, what’s lost in all of this that nobody is… [00:21:30] Like they’re talking about it but not much is the preexisting conditions. The greatest danger, the greatest, the clear and present danger. This is my new book. The clear and present danger is not Covid-19. The clear and present danger is underlying conditions, metabolic syndrome, heart cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes. [00:22:00] Those are the underlying conditions. Autoimmune. Those are underlying conditions that make people die. Yes, not Covid-19. Covid-19 will kill you if you have an underlying condition or you’re an old person.

Dr. Martin: We spent two sessions talking about why old people die, right? It’s their immune system. [00:22:30] They don’t get the nutrients they need. Your immune system need nutrient. But guys, all I’m saying is keep this into perspective please. Okay? Whatever comes to the outcome of this is whether we’re back to work a normal or we’re never going to get normal again till you get a vaccine. I don’t know, guys. I don’t know. I’m not a prophet, nor the son of one. I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen. All I’m [00:23:00] saying is we still have not addressed the underlying conditions. Because that’s what’s killing people. We haven’t addressed it. We’re looking for a malarial drug and an antibiotic or whatever to treat. And I’m not against that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against it. If someone is dying, one of your loved ones is dying and you can give them a drug to save their life, [00:23:30] absolutely.

Dr. Martin: All I’m saying is they’re not talking about the real elephant in the room and that is metabolic syndrome, cancer. And if a cancer patient was going to die and they get Covid-19, did they die of Covid-19 or did they die with Covid-19? That’s all I’m saying. All I’m saying. And you guys are wonderful because you guys think about these things, [00:24:00] right? And you have me and others, but you have me to look at the news and look for certain things that maybe you haven’t seen and I’ll discuss them with you because like you guys, I’m in this with you. And I just want to put some clarity there if I can. Oka? Hey, love you guys. Talk to you soon.

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