Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
Occasionally a disorder of its own, but more often a symptom that something else is going on.
When we don’t get enough sleep, our health takes a big hit. Insomnia can impair our body’s ability to regulate calories, can impair our immune system function, can impact thyroid function, cortisol levels and growth hormone, it decreases work production, mental capacity, and ability to drive... it's a big deal!
Three common causes of insomnia are as follows:
Serotonin/melatonin deficiency – often a night owl with anxiety, depression, obsessive thoughts/behaviours, hyperactivity, controlling behaviour, irritability, phobias, panic attacks, afternoon/evening cravings, etc.
GABA deficiency – often overstressed, unable to relax, tense muscles, overwhelmed, etc.
High cortisol – with excessive chronic stress, alert and vigilant at night, startled sensation on waking
The good news is that the cause of your insomnia is testable and treatable, naturally!
Here is your first step:
Print this healthy sleep hygiene guide from BC Guidelines and record a sleep diary for 1 week before coming in to see your ND.
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There are many excellent therapeutic options for insomnia that do not include highly addictive medications.
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Call for your appointment today. 604-534-9121