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Do You Need A Little Help Sleeping?

Sweet Dreams!
Sweet Dreams!

How long to you lay in bed staring at the ceiling or counting sheep? If it takes more than 10-15 minutes to fall asleep, you may find that a supplement will help you drift off easier.

You’ve no doubt seen entire shelves of products available at the drugstores that are meant to   induce sleep and aid you in a restful night. Which ones are safe and yet effective?

Melatonin is a hormone produced within your pineal gland (a light-sensitive organ inside our brain). The hormone production is stimulated by the dark and suppressed by light. Melatonin is the key to helping our body know when to sleep, and when it is time to wake up. When you have insufficient exposure to natural light, your body may not produce what you need. A supplement taken 60-90 minutes prior to bedtime can help you fall asleep easier.

People have used Chamomile Tea for centuries to induce sleep. Studies seem to back up its calming effect. The FDA considers chamomile tea to be safe with usually no side effects.

L-Tryptophan is an amino acid that is essential to the natural production of melatonin and     serotonin within your body. It may be purchased as a supplement and is found naturally in eggs, seaweed, spinach & soy proteins.

L-Theanine helps your brain to relax, reducing your feelings of stress and anxiety. This helps you sleep. Stress and anxiety are two of the main issues associated with insomnia and other sleep disorders. L-Theanine has been found to increase your “Alpha” brain waves, which are small   electrical impulses your brain emits when it is in a relaxed state. L-Theanine is derived from green tea leaves and also mushrooms.

Known for its calming effect and sedative properties, Valerian is often used to treat depression, insomnia and anxiety. Valerian comes from the root of an herb does not contain a habit-forming ingredient, like some prescription medications and generally will not leave you feeling groggy or hung-over the next day.

Lavender Oil, either used in a linen spray or rubbed onto the skin may also help you relax and fall asleep.

Melatonin is available in both 1mg sublingual tabs and 3mg capsules at the CFWLS Nutrition Store.


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Tina Dawson, Assistant Retail Manager

With over 30 years of experience in IT, Finance, and Healthcare fields, Tina has served the healthcare industry in such roles as Project Manager, Practice Manager, Physician Recruitment and assisted with electronic medical record (EMR) conversions. She attended the University of Maryland in both Asia and Europe majoring in Computer Science and is fascinated with learning new technologies. Tina enjoys educating our clients on our products and programs and “celebrating their successes and milestones…one pound at a time!”. Don’t be surprised if she gives you a hug! For fitness and fun, she likes to “slog” (slow jog) races and enjoys competing in half marathons. “Come out and join me for the next one. Believe in yourself and you CAN do it!” For more information on weight loss in Virginia, please contact (phone or text) us at (757) 873-1880 today!

Jessica Kirby, Medical Receptionist

Jessica croppedJessica is the newest addition to the team here at CFWLS.

Dani Colley, Medical Assistant

Dani has over 35 years of experience in the medical field and has been working as Dr. Clark’s Medical Assistant for over 15 years. Her area of expertise is with the surgical patients. She works closely with Dr. Clark and is always just a phone call away to answer your questions or just lend an encouraging word!

Dani spends her spare time volunteering at an equine rescue or riding rescue horses.

Dawn Olson, LWMC, CPT, Education & Fitness Coordinator

Although her initial career was in Finance, Dawn’s passion for health & fitness motivated her to re-direct her energy toward helping others reach their goal toward a strong & healthy life. Counseling patients and teaching My Weight Loss Academy™ classes in lifestyle modification and nutrition keeps her smiling. “This is far more than a job, it’s an opportunity to help people learn and make positive changes in their health. Each day brings a new reward!”

Dawn is a certified personal trainer and worked in various fitness facilities before joining us in 2009. She also holds certifications in Exercise & the Older Adult, Aquatic Exercise, Chronic Diseases and Disabilities, Facilitated Stretching, Fitness Therapy and Lifestyle & Weight Management.

Cat Williamson, Office Manager

Cat Williamson was born and raised in Hampton Roads. She feels blessed that she lives close to the Ocean as well as the Mountains since she enjoys taking weekend trips with her Hubby. Cat has worked in a medical setting for more than 35 years and started working for Dr. Clark as his Surgical Coordinator over fifteen years ago. Due to her longevity here at CFWLS, she has “well rounded” knowledge in each program (medical or surgical) that Dr. Clark’s Center for Weight Loss Success offers. Cat, as the Office Manager ensures that daily structure is handled with a balance of professionalism and excitement for each of our Patient’s weight loss journey. She feels rewarded each time a Patient or Client peeks into her office to share yet another milestone toward their new life!

Cat Keller, Retail Sales Manager

CatCat Keller has a wealth of experience in marketing, e-marketing, advertising and customer service and manages our Weight Loss Nutritional Store. She is always planning something fun and exciting. special events, discounts, giveaways – it’s never a dull moment. She is happy to help you with questions you may have regarding our products or services. Cat is a graduate of William & Mary, where she studied Government/Pre-Law and minored in Marketing.

“My ultimate goal here at Center for Weight Loss Success is to help our clients be successful in their weight loss. We all know how wonderful it is to win a long fought battle. The battle against weight gain, and the poor health it eventually brings is, I believe, one of the most important to win because it brings with it the biggest pay off of all…a longer, healthier life. That is what motivates me to come to work everyday, it’s the opportunity to help a client achieve a renewed zest for life.”