Sleep, The Circadian Compass and Optimal Gut and Brain Function with Ann Johnson

Episode 45
In this week’s episode of ReInvent Healthcare, we are joined by Ann Johnson R.N. Ann’s passion is helping people live their highest level of fitness at any age by obtaining sound, beneficial sleep. She promotes a strategy she calls the circadian compass. Ann is the founder of WildHeart Wellness and the author of DNA of Hope. Listen in on the latest scientific research, exploring gut and brain health and their impact on sleep. You won’t want to miss this fascinating discussion.


  • [03:00] Ann’s background and discussion of the circadian compass vs. clocks

  • [07:02] The importance of the gut

  • [11:38] Definition of S L E E P

  • [16:44] The importance of light in the morning

  • [18:54] The circadian genes and how they affect cardiovascular illness, diabetes, bipolar and Alzheimer’s, etc.

  • [26:57] Additional genes that impact sleep



  •  Many factors determine an excellent productive night’s sleep beginning with the time one goes to bed. Consistency is critical to healthy sleep patterns.
  •  The rising and setting of the sun is a great barometer to create beneficial sleep habits.
  •  Changing a client’s patterns regarding bedtime, mind stimulation before bed, and how and when to get out of bed in the morning are important factors in establishing good sleep.



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Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is a best-selling author and speaker known for her extensive knowledge, infectious energy, and inspirational message that encourages individuals to become their own best health advocate. She is an internationally recognized nutrition and health authority who specializes in using the wisdom of nature to restore hormone balance with a special emphasis on thyroid, adrenal and insulin imbalances. She founded the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology to empower health and nutrition practitioners to get to the root cause of health concerns by using functional assessments and natural therapeutics to balance the endocrine system, the body's master controller.

Dr. Ritamarie is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with Certification in Acupuncture and is a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a Master’s in Human Nutrition, has completed a 2-year, 500-hour Herbal Medicine Program at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and has a master's degree in Computer Science, which contributes to her skills as an ace problem solver.