Want to sleep like a baby?
Here’s 12 ways to help you do that
Are you spending too many nights staying up watching the clock or waking up frequently during the night and not being able to fall back asleep? Do you struggle to fall asleep and rely on alcohol or sleeping pills to fall asleep, although you feel exhausted?
Or do you get decent amount of sleep and still feel exhausted and suffer from daytime drowsiness and have difficulty concentrating?
These are signs and symptoms of insomnia. Insomnia is not only defined as the inability to sleep, but it’s also defined by the quality of sleep an individual is getting.
The key is insomnia of in itself is a symptom of an underlying health concern and not a disorder. Therefore, the focus needs to be on treating the insomnia, while determining the root cause of the sleep disturbances in the first place.
I work with many patients who are frustrated with their sleep disturbances, may it either be falling asleep or staying asleep through the night or getting back to sleep.
There are many factors, which can cause insomnia – ranging from stress, anxiety, depression, certain medications, hormonal imbalances and simple blood sugar imbalances. Just to name a few causes. As a Naturopathic doctors, we investigate for the underlying causal factor.
Stress can cause insomnia- during periods of high stress the body may get overstimulated. This over stimulation may last until the night; as a result, your mind doesn’t turn off. At this point your mind is like a hamster running on a hamster wheel. This body hyperstimulation is due to the adrenal glands being overstimulated, and releasing cortisol into the bloodstream. Consequently, individuals cannot sleep.
Managing stress can help, through breathing techniques, meditation and general lifestyle counseling. In addition, some natural health practitioners use various herbs and nutritional supplements to help calm the adrenal glands down.
Blood sugar imbalances can also cause sleep problems. That’s an easy fix, but an overlooked causal factor for insomnia. Individuals may frequently wake up during the night as their blood sugar levels drop at night. The key is balancing blood sugar levels throughout the entire day.