I’ve been using Physical Tranquility to sleep better for the last 6 months. I trained as a general surgeon in the 1990’s. I was trained to be ready for action any time, day or night. I’ve taken care of elective patients, emergency patients as well as patients who have suffered trauma from a car accident or even guns. I trained my brain to respond to the need of the patients, especially when woken up in the middle of the night. This training comes with a cost.
Many surgeons like me don’t sleep well when “on call”, and even when not on call. When the smallest sound wakes us up, we are ready for action! Some call this “beeper anxiety”. Over the years, this beeper anxiety migrated to times when I was not on call. My brother in law is DAO Labs co-founder Dr. Eric Karchmer – last fall, in the midst of this transition, he introduced me to Tian Wan Bu Xin Dang, the formula from which Physical Tranquility is inspired, I’m able to sleep better throughout the night.
Finding the Right Herbal Formula – From Stress to Sleep
Eric first introduced me to these herbs about 6 months ago. I was just in the process of making a transition in my surgical practice to focus only on the care of patients with inguinal hernia, umbilical hernia and pilonidal disease. This transition had both positive and negatives. First of all, there was a lot more stress in creating a focused healthcare clinic. There was the upside of not having to cover unassigned patients form the emergency room in the middle of the night. The combination of the stress and being trained to wake up easily impacted my sleep. I would often wake up at 4:00 AM, ready to go. When I tried to go back to sleep, I’d get hot and have a hard time falling back to sleep.
From Mental Tranquility to Physical Tranquility
When I actually mentioned this to Eric over Thanksgiving, he suggested I try one of two chinese herb combinations he thought could help my sleep. The first was Gui Pi Tang (the formula of inspiration behind Mental Tranquility) and it did not seem to make much difference. Eric thought that I needed to deal with my racing mind first, before dealing with the temperature regulation. However, after the first night of using Physical Tranquility, I did not wake up hot and was able to fall right back asleep. In fact, over a few months, my sleep became more consistent and better. No more wake ups in the middle of the night, no more sweating while trying to fall back asleep.
Forgetting to take Physical Tranquility for sleep is something I rarely do. True anecdote: One morning I woke up at 4:00 am, could not fall back asleep and was sweating again. I realized I forgot to take my herbs before going to bed. What an amazing feedback loop! I love sleeping well again. I know many other people like me are out there, sleeping too little and enjoying their life kids just a little less than they could.
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