Insomnia is defined as the inability to sleep; restless sleep; sleep prematurely ended or interrupted by periods of wakefulness. There are different classifications:
Inability to fall asleep, possibly associated with serotonin deficiency
Maintenance (or secondary) insomnia: Can’t fall asleep but then wakes later, and may then remain awake or have disturbed sleep for some time. Possibly associated with dopamine imbalances.
It is good to know that Insomnia is generally not considered a disease, but rather a symptom, usually of anxiety, depression or pain.
Lack of Sleep is Debilitating!
Is lack of sleep giving you bags under your eyes? Are you so sleep-deprived that the only way you can get through the morning is by drinking a triple espresso? Not being able to sleep affects everyone at some point in their life and about 10% of the population suffer from insomnia that continues for six months or more. Many experts recommend that we get between seven and nine hours of sleep per night and whilst it is important to make sure that we get enough sleep, it is equally important that we get good quality sleep.
So what keeps us tossing and turning all night?
Whilst there are many reasons for sleep disturbances, stress is the most common trigger. Researchers have found that there is often an increase in stress hormones (such as cortisol) in people who have sleeping problems. So if it takes you a while to nod off, or if you frequently wake during the night and cannot fall back to sleep, then it is essential to address your stress levels.
Does stress cause poor sleep or does poor sleep cause stress? Answer: YES
The problem with high neurological arousal is that it can turn into a bad habit. An overly aroused right prefrontal cortex calls for the release of cortisol and other stress steroids that initially help the body in stress.
But continuous high levels of these powerful hormones ultimately cause some of our most serious health concerns…including heart attack and stroke.
The long term habit of this stress can be changed. Kinesiology/Neuro-Training programs generate new options for your HPA Axis, and your glandular system to function better and so to reduces your stress response. This will help you to relax and sleep better and to recuperate from the long term habits of your stress.
So take the first steps to getting your glandular health back on track and learn to sleep well by having a Kinesiology/Neuro-Training session.
The body needs rest, the brain needs sleep!
Sleep is necessary to help our brain recover and recuperate from the day’s activities. We have different cycles of sleep to achieve this. These cycles are known as Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and non-REM (slow wave) sleep, and they are meant to occur in a specific order and for the right amount of time. If you are not getting enough sleep, or your sleep cycles are disturbed, then your brain is not getting enough time to rejuvenate and ‘reset’, and you are more likely to suffer some of the following:
- Poor concentration
- Poor memory
- Low mood
Benefits of Good Sleep
- Good Sleep Enhances Your Immune System.
- Sleeping Well Can Protect You from Stress Induced Depression…and a Variety of other Mood Disorders
- Sleep Improves Performance and Memory
- Sleep and Grow Younger
Another great benefit of sleep is the nightly release of growth hormone. Growth hormone is vital for normal development of children, but it has wonderfully beneficial effects in adults as well:
- Makes your bones stronger
- Increases your muscle mass through the creation of new muscle cells
- Promotes lipolysis, which helps you lose body fat
- Increases protein synthesis and stimulates optimal maintenance of all internal organ
- Supports your pancreas’ ability to make insulin
- Stimulates your immune system.
Natural therapies may be the answer to help you sleep
The benefits of using natural therapies for sleep maintenance are that they are not addictive like some medications and won’t leave you feeling groggy in the morning. Even more importantly, natural medicines can help address the underlying causes of poor sleep such as nutritional deficiencies and stress
There are many traditional herbs that may improve your sleeping patterns like is Panax Ginseng. Panax notoginseng has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years to help quiet the mind and treat insomnia. Other herbs include Passionflower, Zizyphus, Withania, Valarian to name a few.
By reducing stress and anxiety it makes it easier for the brain to ‘switch off’ and sleep better, improving both the quality and quantity of sleep. So if you find that sleeping has become difficult then a herbal extract may be worth considering.
Other nutrients such as magnesium, calcium, and iron are also important for good sleep. A deficiency in these minerals can lead to insomnia. We can assist you in identifying the underlying causes of poor sleeping patterns and work with you to overcome these.
A Kinesiology/Neuro-training session is unique as it will help identify which herbs and nutritional supplements will be best to support your recuperation to insomnia or restless sleep.
Tips for a better night’s sleep…
As well as the herbs and natural supplements discussed, these handy hints can also help you get a better night’s sleep:
- Get regular exercise (avoid exercising two hours before bed)
- Eliminate stimulants such as caffeine and sugar (even reducing them during the day may help)
- Try to go to bed around the same time each night
- Create a dark sleeping environment
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Use the bed and bedroom only for sleep and intimacy with your partner
- If you can’t sleep, try not to focus too hard on getting to sleep as this creates stress and can perpetuate the situation.
So don’t lie awake all night, make an appointment to come and see us today! Start your renewal and live a happier, healthier Life.
At Renewyou Happiness Centre we help retrain your Nervous System to come out of its habitual stress response. We help your nervous system learn to function without the automatic stress response that drives your stress response and causes your insomnia.. Kinesiology and Neuro-Training programs generate new options for your Nervous system, your brain and your glandular systems to recuperate and function better.
Help is just a phone call away...so take the first steps to getting your health back on track by having a Kinesiology/Neuro-Training session.
For more information on recuperation from your Insomnia contact Lyndy at renewyou happiness centre 0421 607 948..... And be a happier, healthier you.