Sleep Dysfunction

Sleep-DifficultiesMore and more we are hearing about the importance of sleep and significant research has been dedicated to the health conditions that result from a lack of sleep.  Sleep dysfunction can be linked to diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, hormone dysfunction, and basically any chronic condition.  Many of us know the importance of sleep but that doesn’t necessarily equate to someone sleeping well.  You could be the most well intended person; starting your bedtime routine before 9 and heading to bed with no disruptions shortly after and you still can’t seem to fall asleep easily or you fall asleep but wake up in the middle of the night.

Ideally you go to bed, fall asleep within ten minutes, and not wake up until morning, after 7-8 hours of sleep. You should feel refreshed upon rising and energized to start your day.  If this doesn’t sound like your routine, it’s imperative to your long term health that you address it sooner than later.

What Causes Sleep Dysfunction

Depending on your specific type of sleep dysfunction, the cause can vary greatly among patients. Most people connect sleep issues to being overworked or living stressful lives, but many times the cause is not that easily defined. The following are a variety of causes of sleep disturbance:

  • Hormone Imbalances – especially high cortisol at night
  • Neurotransmitter imbalances – especially GABA deficiencies
  • Blood sugar instability
  • Poor fat metabolism
  • Poor Detoxification
  • Allergies
  • Lack of healthy dietary fats

How I Can Help You

Due to the variety of causes it is essential to work with someone that will attempt to address the various causes.  The individuality of my treatment allows me to determine if your sleep problem is driven from a hormone issue, neurotransmitter issue, or something else.