Imagine an intervention that helps you live longer, protects against all chronic disease, makes you more resilient to stress and infection, age slower, gives you a better memory and less pain.

In this CPD accredited three-hour webinar series, Cytoplan’s Nutritional Therapist, Helen Drake, will discuss how and why sleep is so important, how it has allowed us to evolve and how we can support a good night’s sleep.

As Nutritional Therapists we often ask about sleep health, but do we fully respect the power of healthy sleep or the detriments of poor sleep? Sleep problems in practice can be common and often accompany other conditions. Instead of concentrating on specific conditions and hoping healthy sleep follows, what if healthy sleep was the main focus, could we further improve therapeutic outcomes of those individuals?

Although many people are vaguely aware of the benefits of sleep, very few in our modern society make it a priority, leading to a reduced level of wellbeing. On the flip side many others experience sleep issues such as insomnia or sleep apnoea, not to mention shift work or jet-lag and long for a full night of shut eye.

Throughout the sessions, Helen will also highlight nutritional, supplemental and lifestyle interventions to support sleep health and provide toolkits and social support to help you apply this into your practice.

What's included?

Part one - Why we sleep

This session will focus on why sleep is so important not only to human health but also to our historical evolution and socio-economic development. It will explore the consequences of a poor night’s sleep, look at changes to our sleep pattern over a lifetime, as well as the importance bed sleep, of REM and NREM sleep.

Part two - How we sleep

This session highlights the circumstances that are required for healthy, restorative sleep and how it can go wrong. The impact of physiological dysfunction on the ability to sleep and vice versa. This will include the role of the gut-brain relationship, hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, circadian rhythm and neurotransmitter production.

Part three - Interventions to support sleep

In this session we outline dietary, supplemental and lifestyle interventions to support healthy sleep and introduce toolkits to support your on-going practice.

About Helen

Helen joined Cytoplan in June 2016, as a Nutritional Therapist based in the South East, to support our marketing and technical teams, and offer tailored expert advice to all Cytoplan customers and training to practitioners and students.

Helen has a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences from Lancaster University and a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy from the College of Naturopathic Medicine from which she graduated in 2009. Helen has also attended the Institute for Functional Medicine’s AFMCP course.

As a BANT and CNHC Registered Nutritional Therapist, Helen worked in private practice in both South East London and Kent and has worked with clients suffering from a wide range of conditions including fertility and hormonal imbalances, digestive issues, skin conditions, arthritis and weight management. Since September 2012, Helen has been working as a lecturer at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in both London and Brighton.

Helen has a broad interest in nutrition and most particularly in fertility and hormonal imbalances. She realises the importance of considering wider aspects of health such as stress management, digestive health and detoxification when supporting clients with these issues.

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