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Brooke Lounsbury

Brooke Lounsbury, Registered Nurse, has over 26 years as a nurse. Her primary field was in Home Health and Hospice until she left the mainstream medical field in 2008 and started teaching classes devoted to helping people empower themselves through education, public speaking engagements, classes and coaching -online and in person.

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For a complete list of accreditations for this course, please see the accreditation information box below the author’s bio.  All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467, course provides 1.00 contact hours.

This document must be retained by the licensee for a period of four years after the course concludes.

Provider approved by the AR,DC,FL,GA,SC Boards of Nursing, CE Broker Tracking * 20-659900, \n\n for 1.00 contact hours. CE Provider #: 50-13256.
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The Missing Piece-The Role of Gut Health in Sleep

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The Missing Piece-The Role of Gut Health in Sleep

“A third of US adults report that they usually get less than the recommended amount of sleep. Not getting enough sleep is linked with many chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression that threaten our nation’s health.

Not getting enough sleep can lead to motor vehicle crashes and mistakes at work, which cause a lot of injury and disability each year. Getting enough sleep is not a luxury—it is something people need for good health. Sleep disorders can also increase a person’s risk of health problems.”

Insomnia is the inability to obtain an adequate amount or quality of sleep. The difficulty can be in falling asleep, remaining asleep, or both. Short-term, or transient, insomnia is a common occurrence and usually lasts only a few days. This is usually caused by a change in bedtime, stress, or short-term illness.

Long-term or chronic insomnia lasts more than three weeks and increases the risk for injuries in the home, at the workplace, and while driving because of daytime sleepiness and decreased concentration. Chronic insomnia has many causes. This course is intended to educate on these causes. Solutions and the role of gut health in sleep will be explored.


Upon completion the participant will be able to:
1. List what factors affect sleep 
2. Describe the different sleep cycles, both REM and non REM and their role in health
3. Discuss the relationship between serotonin and melatonin 
4. Explain where serotonin is mostly made in the body 
5. Explain how optimum digestive health can lead to better sleep
6. Identify factors that cause disrupted circadian rhythms


Chapter 1: What is quality sleep?
Definition of quality sleep
How long should it take to fall asleep?
Average sleep time for age groups

Chapter 2: What happens when we fall asleep?
Detoxification, HGH produced
Stages of sleep
REM stage
Non Rem stage
Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3
Review question and answer

Chapter 3: Melatonin/serotonin link
Melatonin, what it is, what it does
Where is melatonin made?
Serotonin, what it is, what it does
Where is serotonin made?
How melatonin is made
Review question and answer

Chapter 4: Circadian rhythms
Definition of a circadian rhythm
Different types of circadian rhythms
Secondary or peripheral 
Biological clock genes
Skeletal gene
Review question and answer

Chapter 5: Circadian clock gene deregulation
Cancer and circadian rhythm dysfunction
Tumor suppressing genes
Per 1 and Per 2
Melatonin and cancer
Sleep or lack of sleep affects
Review question and answer

Chapter 6: Factors that affect sleep
Medical problems
Medications (downloadable pdf)
Medical conditions (Alzheimers, pain, bowel and bladder issues and many more)
Review question and answer

Chapter 7: Sleep hacks
Nighttime routine
Blue light suppresses melatonin
Avoid screens (website to download blue light blocker)
Bedtime ritual
Sleep hygiene
Natural light during day
Avoid eating, caffeine or alcohol too early to bedtime
Review question and answer
Resources PDF handouts

Chapter 8: References

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