Few things are as frustrating as insomnia. How many times have you ended a day, exhausted from a busy routine, only to get into bed and find that you can’t sleep? If this has happened to you, you are not alone. According to the U.S. National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is a public health issue affecting an estimated 50-70 million adults, nationwide. Consider that these numbers only reflect reported cases, and numbers are much higher.
Insomnia affects our ability to be productive at work, at home, and at school. Our relationships are often affected by the frustration, anxiety, and bad moods that come with lack of sleep. Our health suffers, and the effects of insomnia are far greater that just feeling tired. Insufficient sleep is linked to auto accidents, industrial disasters, medical errors, occupational errors and lack of overall productivity. People experiencing inadequate sleep are also at greater risk for chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity, cancer, and reduced quality of life in general.
Our bodies need just the right combination of good habits and proper nutrition to function efficiently. Finding your personal triggers for interrupted sleep can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Much like a great detective story, the clues are there, if you know where to look. The culprit may not be obvious- only exposed with the right perspective and approach.
There are several physical reasons for insomnia. Mineral deficiency, blood sugar instability, and sympathetic nervous system dominance are just a few. While many people are aware of conditions like sleep apnea, the connections between numerous health challenges and good sleep are often missed. In addition to this, our daily habits and choices affect our sleep. Nutrition, bedtime routines, use of technology, and medications can all contribute to metabolic and functional disturbances that interrupt our sleep. For many, this becomes a self-perpetuating cycle that wears away our ability to feel our best, and to be an active participant in our daily lives. It is frustrating and demoralizing to say the least.
The good news is: there is hope! You do not have to live with the exhaustion and frustration of insomnia, or resort to medications that give you unwanted side effects. By finding the missing puzzle piece, or pieces in your sleep picture we can restore your rest. All the other changes that come with good sleep are just icing on the cake. Let’s solve your sleep mystery.
© 2017 Kristina D. Allred, M.S.O.M., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
M.S. Oriental Medicine
Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)