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Insomnia & Sleep Difficulty
Are you tired of tossing and turning at night?
Do you wake up in the morning a wishing you could get a few more hours of “good” sleep?
If you have experienced trouble sleeping at one time or another, you are not alone! Everyone has problems sleeping at times. It is common and normal to have nights where you find it really hard to fall asleep, have dreams that disturb your sleep, or find yourself waking up in the night. But the truth is, failure to get enough sleep has adverse effects on your overall health. It may make you constantly feel sluggish or cause unwanted weight gain. It may strain your relationships and considerably decrease your work performance, or even allow depression to set in… and worse conditions to follow suit. Without an adequate amount of sleep, you’ll be greeting each morning with yawns and bleary eyes, and despite your best intentions to get to bed early and have a good night’s sleep, you may still end up with that worn-out feeling the following day.
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Causes of Sleep and Energy Problems
There are several common problems that can significantly rob you of a satisfying shut-eye. #1. Medication. Certain prescribed medicines and drugs such as anti-depressants, allergy medicines, and heart and blood pressure regulating drugs can cause insomnia. #2. Mesencephalon is over firing. The mesencephalon is a small area in your brain that is partly responsible for keeping you awake. The mesencephalon is supposed to fire at its highest during the day and at its lowest at night. Now, if mesencephalon over-fires (where your brain fails to slow down and drift into dreamland), you are likely going to stay awake throughout the night. #3. Snoring. Heavy snoring doesn’t just keep you from getting proper rest – it can keep your partner up all night as well. This is particularly true if your partner has to constantly jab you in the rib just to remind you to roll on your side. You will also be periodically waking yourself up due to snorting. #4. Your Adrenaline Glands aren’t working properly. Adrenaline glands are the hormone-producing glands located on top of your kidneys. If they fail to produce enough cortisol, your blood sugar can drop too low, forcing you to wake up. #5. Hormonal imbalances. Body hormones such as Estrogen, Testosterone, Progesterone, Thyroid, and many more have the potential to play havoc with the quality of your sleep as well as your sleep patterns. They need to be evaluated consistently. #6. Acid Reflux. Ever experienced heartburn? You’ll agree with me that it doesn’t only torture you during the day, but at night too. The discomfort may not be huge enough to wake you up from sleep, but it could be enough to cause a poor quality of sleep. #7. Immune system and metabolic imbalances such as blood work and digestive imbalances can all cause sleeping problems. They may leave you chronically energy-deficient, anxious, and unable to relax.
Risk factors that have been identified to enhance sleep and energy problems include, but not limited to:
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Teeth grinding
- Pets in bed
- Cell phones in bed
Treatment of Sleep and Energy Problems
The treatment of sleep and energy problems or disorders depends upon the exact problem and the degree of severity of the symptoms. The most commonly used treatment method is the Sleep Hygiene (the practice of good behavioral habits that offer maximum potential for restorative and sound sleep). Some of the good hygiene sleep practices include: avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine; maintaining a comfortable sleep environment; adhering to a regular bedtime and waking schedule; getting adequate exercises, preferably two hours before bedtime. Another therapy that can be used to treat sleep and energy problem is the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
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