Did you know that some people wake up over 100 times at night and don’t realize they woke up at all?
Interrupted sleep can leave a person tired, even after they thought they got their full 8 hours in. The thing is- many people suffer from insomnia. Whether they are actively up in the middle of the night, unable to fall asleep, or waking up tired and not knowing why.
Sleep is a critical time for the immune system and a critical part of keeping us well! During the day our brain produces waste as it functions, so a good night’s sleep is like taking the garbage out- it essentially cleans up the brain. It follows that poor sleep (causing “garbage brain buildup”) can exacerbate almost any symptom and erode health. Further, leaving insomnia untreated long-term can even increase risk of heart disease, stress disorders, and contribute to weight gain.
How can I get a good night’s sleep then?
Quality sleep is contingent on having the right hormones & neurotransmitters. It is a balancing act between adrenaline, reproductive hormones (notably progesterone), melatonin, and even other neurotransmitters such as GABA and serotonin. At Progressive, we can test these levels to let you know which may be out of a normal range for good sleep.
By knowing exactly what is off-balance in your body, you can then use an effective natural strategy to reset the button on sleep. Natural therapies can be effectively used to enhance sleep, often with better sleep quality. We always prefer natural therapies, but especially in this case: current research suggests that drugs commonly used to treat insomnia may have negative side effects such as increasing your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. To avoid this type of side effect, we rebalance sleep chemicals using natural therapies… to get you back to restful and relaxing sleep.
Other positive side effects may result too, such as improving brain health, decreasing depression, and increasing energy!
For more in-depth insights on Insomnia, tune in to the Progressive Medical Podcast recordings below. It is an hour well-spent to understand the various possible causes of poor sleep and potential ways to remedy imbalances. If you’d rather come in and talk with us, please give us a call and schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve restful and relaxing sleep (finally!).