three reasons why you can’t snooze
Insomnia refers to a prolonged time in which a person cannot get a sufficient amount of sleep. There are different types of insomnia; sleep onset which is the inability to fall asleep, or sleep maintenance which is the inability to stay asleep. Sleep is an imperative part of good health, it gives the body time to rest not only the body, but brain as well. A good snooze is linked to slimmer waists, enhanced immune systems, less inflammation, better glucose regulation, and more! If you are struggling in your sleep, consider these 3 things:
1. Evaluate your emotions: Have you been depressed or anxious? Both sleep onset insomnia, but more so sleep maintenance insomnia is commonly linked to emotional disturbance. If you are having a hard time relaxing try reading a book the feeds your spirit, taking an Epsom Salt bath (1-2 cups), deep belly breathing, or using aromatherapy such as lavender oil. Consult with a professional to discuss problems and solutions that can increase the neurotransmitter serotonin (feel good hormone) naturally.
2. Have your Hormones Checked: Have you heard of cortisol? We often link it with stress, as well as weight gain in the mid-section, but it too plays into the sleep equation. Cortisol is made by your adrenal glands, which sit on top of your kidneys, and should produce high levels in the morning, so you have enough energy to get up, and lower in the evening so you can sleep. Often this decrescendo pattern can be skewed with long term stress that puts people into “adrenal fatigue”. A simple and easy saliva test collected by spitting into different tubes throughout the day can let your holistic doctor now the status of your adrenal health and cortisol levels.
3. Ask about Sleep Apnea: Sleep Apnea refers to a group of disorders in which breathing stops for 10 seconds or greater throughout the night, occurring usually more than 20 times per hour, which decreases oxygen in the blood. Obstructive sleep apnea can be fatal, and occurs when there is upper airway narrowing. This problem leads to more such as cardiac complications, hypertension, daytime sleepiness, slower mental capabilities, and morning headaches. A sleep study by your doctor can see if you suffer from this.
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