Sleep Disorders

Insomnia includes difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, and if chronic can affect the quality of life, and increase the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, depression, anxiety, weight gain, and diabetes.
Early intervention and treatment for any sleep disorder are essential for optimal health and longevity.

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When it comes to preserving your overall health, the formula works like this - Adequate exercise, eat a clean healthy diet and get a good nights sleep. However, it's not as easy as and can get complicated. If you are not having a restful as it should be there could be something deeper going on that needs investigating. 

People with insomnia tend to experience one or more of the following sleep disturbances.

  • Difficult falling asleep at night

  • Waking too early in the morning

  • Waking frequently throughout the night

  • Waking up in the night and not being able to go back to sleep

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FACTORS TO CONSIDER

It is now understood that insomnia may be caused or influenced by chronic inflammation, neurotransmitter and hormone dysregulation which in turn can affect our circadian rhythm and sleep quality. In addition, chronic underlying infections, immune resistance, allergies, hypersensitivities and/or intestinal issues are investigated. By addressing these underlying factors your sleep quality will improve as well as many other aspects of your overall health.

Another aspect that we see is that many individuals with sleep difficulties take a variety of prescription and over the counter medications to assist with sleep, which of course can be helpful. However, a lot of these medications work by altering brain signals and chemistry. You can correct imbalances with supportive nutrients while avoiding the need for prescription medications that often have unwanted side effects and physiological consequences

CAUSES

  • Difficulty falling asleep or difficult staying  asleep

  • Disruption of circadian rhythm (shift work, traveling across time zones)

  • Menopause between 30% and 40% of menopausal women experience insomnia

  • Advanced age

  • Pre-existing Medical Conditions - Fibromyalgia or other chronic pain syndromes, heart disease, obstructive sleep-apnoea

  • Neurological conditions - Depression/Aniexty, Parkinson's disease

  • Certain medications - Antidepressants, Decongestants

  • Substance abuse - Caffeine, Alcohol, Prescription Meds, 

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SYMPTOMS

  • Feeling anxious approaching bedtime.

  • Inability to sleep despite being fatigued.

  • Drowsiness throughout the day, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and impaired ability to perform normal activities

  • Not feeling refreshed after sleep.

OUR TREATMENT

Working with one of our skilled practitioners, of course, the goals of insomnia treatment are to eliminate insomnia symptoms and prevent the recurrence of any insomnia episodes. Our aim is to determine what is affecting your sleep, and then establishing a treatment strategy specific to your health needs

Conventional treatment for insomnia may include psychotherapy and sleep medications could have their own side effects.

  • Identify and address underlying factors in your lifestyle (e.g., stress, demanding work schedule, irregular sleep schedule, non-restful home environment, sedentary lifestyle, eating habits, medication use) or general health (e.g., hyperthyroidism) that may be contributing to your insomnia symptoms

  • Prevent recurrence of insomnia episodes by creating a lifestyle program integrating a healthy working, eating and sleeping routine, regular use of relaxation techniques and the recommendation of targeted supplements .

  • Specific testing - to check hormones, melatonin levels, cortisol levels and other parameters to determine physiologic aspects that may be affecting your sleep

LIFESTYLE TIPS

  • Avoiding naps, especially in the evening

  • Taking a hot bath about two hours before bedtime

  • Keeping the bedroom cool, well-ventilated, quiet, and dark

  • Avoiding fluids 2 hours before bedtime

  • Avoiding screens 1 hour before bedtime

  • Maintaining a consistent bed and wake time