Trouble Sleeping?

May 8th, 2012
Lack of Sleep

Lack of Sleep

Insomnia and other sleep difficulties are becoming increasingly common in the U.S. as people juggle work, family and social responsibilities.

When the body is consistently under chronic stress, or in “fight or flight” mode, the adrenal glands (little organs that sit on top of your kidneys and produce hormones like adrenaline) become overworked and eventually burn out.

This causes multiple hormonal imbalances that can affect the thyroid, pancreas, and even the pineal gland inside the brain.

The pineal gland produces melatonin from the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is directly involved with the circadian rhythms.

Since melatonin and serotonin levels can be depleted from chronic stressful states, the body’s ability to perceive the sleep-wakefulness and light-dark cycles will directly be diminished.

Getting between 6-8 hours of restful sleep/night are so important — your body needs that time to restore and heal!

Here are a few ideas you might try implementing and which may save you from counting sheep…

– Support the body’s hormonal balance by eating nutritional food, especially dark leafy greens, and drinking enough spring water (half your body weight in ounces/day)

– Allow enough time for your body to unwind and destress at the end of the day; it may still have that “wired” feeling that doesn’t allow your body to fall asleep.

– Some people find meditation, journaling, restorative yoga, and deep breathing through the belly all help to put the body in a state of relaxation necessary to fall asleep

– Aromatherapy oils like lavender are calming to the nervous system.

– Bodywork modalities such as acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage will also help your body eliminate any pent up stress keeping your body from relaxing and falling into a deep, restful sleep

Sweet dreams!


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