Hey Healthcare Bosses, Let's Talk Sleep and Ketamine Therapy
Why Sleep Matters for You and Your Ketamine Patients
We get it, Healthcare Bosses. Sleep often falls to the bottom of the to-do list, especially when you're balancing the demands of your existing clinical job while launching a ketamine infusion practice. But here's the kicker: your ketamine patients are probably skimping on sleep too, and it could be affecting their treatment outcomes.
The Sleep-Mental Health Connection
Research shows a vicious cycle between mental health problems and lack of sleep. A study by Vgontzas et al. found that both short sleep duration and mental health issues were strong predictors of persistent insomnia. In fact, mental health problems were more strongly associated with insomnia than normal sleep.
What does this mean for your ketamine patients? Poor sleep could be contributing to their treatment-resistant depression. And for your patients with PTSD, less sleep could be hindering their progress, as sleep promotes the generalization of extinction of conditioned fear, a key goal of exposure therapy.
Ketamine Therapy and Sleep
Here's the silver lining: early research suggests that ketamine therapy could improve sleep, which in turn, can boost mental health. Studies by Song B et al. and Duncan WC Jr. et al. indicate that ketamine's potential antidepressant mechanisms may be linked to its effects on sleep and circadian rhythms.
Why You Need Sleep as a Ketamine Practitioner
But it's not just about your patients. As a ketamine practitioner, good sleep is crucial for you too. Here's why:
Improved Patient Care: By asking about sleep and other lifestyle factors and addressing sleep issues, you can help your patients maximize their chances of successful treatment outcomes.
Better Business Decisions: Good sleep enhances your judgement and decision-making abilities, both of which are essential for running a successful ketamine clinic.
How to Prioritize Sleep
We know it's easier said than done, but prioritizing sleep is crucial for both you and your patients. For you, it could mean adjusting your schedule or resisting the urge to binge-watch Netflix late into the night. For your patients, it could involve improving sleep hygiene or getting tested for sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea.
Take the Sleep Challenge
So, here's our challenge to you, Healthcare Bosses: try prioritizing sleep tonight and see how it impacts your day tomorrow. We bet you'll notice a difference. And if you’re ready to start your own Ketamine Clinic, register and watch our Ketamine Clinic Masterclass.
Our hot take? Sleep isn't just a luxury—it's a necessity for both you and your ketamine patients. So let's start treating it as such. After all, a well-rested doctor is a better doctor, and a well-rested patient is a healthier patient. And in the world of ketamine therapy, that's a win-win.