Sleeping Problems? How to support them
With such a high prevalence of Sleep Disorders in the United States—it’s estimated that 60 million Americans suffer from the condition—support for sleep difficulties are highly sought after. Nevertheless, when looking for ways to support a healthy sleep pattern, it is important to first rule out a potential underlying medical or psychological cause which may be contributing to the condition, such as depression or anxiety. It’s highly recommended you see a medical physician if you think you may be suffering from a sleep disorder.
Potential support for sleep can lie in simply changing your sleep environment—or improving your sleep hygiene. This simple procedure involves evaluating the environment you sleep in and eliminating factors which may inhibit sleep. Support with sleep disorders can be as basic as making sure one refrains from consuming too much water or food before going to bed. Eliminating noise and disturbances are other factors which can help cure insomnia. Exercise is also important as it expends excessive energy and lactic acid in the blood which may inhibit sleep; exercise also helps alleviate stress and muscle tension. However, in regards to exercise as a potential sleep support, it should be carried out early in the day, as the body needs time to cool down. Lastly, one should always make sure the bed they are sleeping on is appropriate for their body type—especially for spinal support.
Eliminating alcohol and caffeine from one’s diet is a healthy decision and can potentially support you with sleep difficulties. People sometimes imbibe in alcohol as a method to induce sleep. Unfortunately, this may be counterproductive, as alcohol has been shown to interfere with REM sleep. Caffeine is a stimulant which can lead to sleep deprivation. If consumed, caffeine should be eliminated from one’s diet by 2:30pm.
In 95 percent of cases involving insomnia, sleeping tablets and sedatives are prescribed by a physician as cures for insomnia. There are many natural ingredients that support sleep difficulties. Valerian is a natural product used for sleep disorders going back to the days of ancient Greece and Rome. In addition to supporting sleep, valerian has been used for headaches and upset stomachs. Melatonin is a very popular natural sleep supplement. Melatonin is a naturally occurring compound found in animals, plants and microbes. In humans, melatonin is produced in the pineal gland, located in the brain. Melatonin supports the body to regulate the sleep-wake cycle. Taken in tablet form, melatonin supports the body in getting the circadian clock back to environmental cycles.
Naturopathic Tip: Magnesium deficiency can cause many symptoms including sleeplessness. Supplementation can be very beneficial for anyone suffering from stress or sleeping troubles.