sleepwhisperer podcast008 – Sleep Challenges in the LGBTQ Community with Suresh Ramdas
Sleepwhisperer Podcast

008 – Sleep Challenges in the LGBTQ Community with Suresh Ramdas

#8: Sleep Challenges in the LGBTQ Community

 

Suresh Ramdas works as an LGBTQ+ advocate for inclusion in the corporate space. As an out gay man, he is also the winner of Mr. Gay India 2019. With 14+ years of total experience in Customer Support and in the space of Diversity & Inclusion, he is also the co-Founder of “Working With Pride” (WWP) group. After completing the LGBTQ Executive Leadership Program from Stanford University and being a certified Diversity Professional and certified NLP Practitioner, he co-facilitated a leadership program called Leading With Pride (LWP) for the LGBTQ+ community people that helps to build leaders for tomorrow. He is featured as 2019’s OUTstanding 50 LGBT+ Future Leader.  We are talking with Suresh about his deeply personal story of coming out as a gay, and sleep challenges within the LGBTQ community. This episode is also great for you if you want to break the barriers of beliefs and truly embrace every single person out there, in that true direction of inclusivity. We are so excited to have him with us today. 

We are talking with Suresh about sleep challenges in the LGBTQ Community. Research has found that individuals with a different sexual orientation than heterosexuals have major impact on sleep and much higher risk for sleep challenges. Listen to this episode to really understand how sexuality can impact so much in your life. If you take acceptance for granted, take a listen. 

In this episode, we dive into: 

“Sleep Challenges in the LGBTQ Community”

  • Suresh’s story journey of coming out and embracing being a gay. 
  • Discrimination, stigma, rejection and bullying are common experiences in the LGBTQ community. These are all common challenges that affect sleep. Stress can impact someone deeply. Did Suresh go through any really challenging times where he felt ostracised or rejected?
  • Challenges with sleep in the LGBTQ community includes difficulty falling asleep several times a week, staying asleep through the night and short sleep usually no more than six hours. All of this falls under insomnia. What did Suresh struggle with?
  • A study found that the LGBTQ community had a higher tendency to take medication to fall asleep. Is this true?
  • Let’s talk about anxiety, depression and mental illness. Clearly, while many things have changed socially, we might still be far away from where we would like to be. What has Suresh observed regarding anxiety and depression and how do individuals cope? Are there systems set up as part of a support group which addresses things like poor sleep and mental illness?
  • A major trigger for stress, anxiety and sleep issues among the LGBTQ community seems to the stress at home. What are some of the challenges faced at home for someone beginning with just understanding their sexual orientation and right up to when they can move away or be accepted at home? Does it feel safe?
  • While the risks of sleep disorder and interlinked stress and anxiety is high among LGBTQ, supporting better sleep still goes back to developing good sleep hygiene, healthy habits, reducing stress, limiting screen time, having a space that feels safe and creating a strong support system. Yet, I can understand how some of this takes a back seat, when someone is dealing with so much. How do individuals try to support their health, sleep and stress reduction in the LGBTQ community?
  • What is one practice that supports coping with stress and improving sleep, and how do you ensure that it stays a priority?

For more on Suresh Ramdas, you can follow him:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suresh.ramdas

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suresh_r81/

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Truth is tricky. It’s so easy to try a new diet or protocol and slip into denial over symptoms that arise. A classic version of this is missing a period after intermittent fasting but trying to ignore it. For a woman your cycle is as vital in information as a lab test!⁣


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Have you tried a new diet or protocol and ever convinced yourself that it’s working for you just because you’ve lost a lot of weight? Weight loss has become the highest parameter of efficacy even when there is chaos happening within which can include and not limited to:⁣

💛Frequent headaches ⁣

☸️Dysfunctional cycle⁣

💮Low iron or B12 within few months⁣

💜Frequent fevers and coughs⁣

💛Bad skin⁣

☸️Poor quality of sleep even if you are sleeping nine hours⁣

💮Mood fluctuation that includes anger, sadness and overwhelm⁣


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Weight loss should not be enough if all this is happening as well. Health should come before anything else.⁣

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Fasting is great! But I’m seeing a lot of people who are unable to get benefits from this ancient practice. My guess is that this has a lot to do with sequence, present diet, level of stress and what’s happening within their body.⁣


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Some of the indications that the specific fasting approach you are following is not working for you are:⁣

💙Feeling more stressed and having poor resilience to stressors around you. This can include feeling weepy, angry or overwhelmed.⁣

💙Struggling with fatigue and forcing yourself to get through the fasting period irrespective of tiredness, dizziness or giddy.⁣

💙One of the greatest signs of impact is struggling with sleep. This can include inability to stay asleep and not being able to stay asleep for enough time.⁣

💙Not getting a period when you have always had a perfect cycle is a huge red flag. If your body thinks that it’s a state of emergency it shuts off reproductive function and you can miss ovulation and menstruation. I’ve actually heard women say they are happy about missing a cycle but this is really dangerous!⁣


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Does this mean fasting is not good? Far from it! I call the fasting approach that I use in practice as Strategic Fasting. This refers to using fasting techniques in specific ways at specific times with specific foods in the feeding window. It can be immensely therapeutic provided you bring it in correctly. ⁣




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