INSOMNIA & SLEEP
A good night’s sleep is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy. But for many of us, drifting off – and staying asleep – is a nightly challenge. Causes for insomnia and other sleep issues varies from patient to patient. That’s why we believe it’s so important to assess each of client’s root causes.
WHAT CAUSES INSOMNIA & SLEEP?
Stress is a common culprit, but other factors can also be responsible, including deficiencies in the mineral Magnesium or the hormone Melatonin. Other hormone imbalances can play a role in sleep issues, too. And, prescription or over the counter drugs you may be taking can also cause sleep disruption. Lack of a regular sleep-wake cycle, eating an unhealthy diet, chronic pain and emotional stress can also disrupt your ability to sleep. Insomnia affects women more often than men and is more likely to affect older adults, those of lower socioeconomic (income) status, chronic alcoholics, and people with mental health conditions like depression.
COMMON SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Most adults experience occasional interruptions in sleep. But when you begin to experience these issues for more than 4 to 6 weeks, it’s time to take action.
- Difficulty falling asleep or waking up frequently during the night. Difficulty falling asleep is a sleep “onset” problem, while trouble staying asleep is a “maintenance” problem.
- Feeling stressed while trying to sleep, which usually means laying in bed with racing thoughts or experiencing physical symptoms.