Sleep is the time for your body to heal and restore itself. Without proper sleep your health is sure to suffer- Mood, immune system function, and pain levels are all improved with proper sleep. Insomnia is a real problem that affects at least one third of adults at some point.
Have you heard of monkey mind? Probably not. Monkey mind is a Buddhist expression that refers to a mind that is unsettled, uncontrollable, and restless. It’s kind of like a hamster running on a wheel. Most people who have trouble falling asleep have a mind that won’t be quiet. Whether you’re replaying events from your day, or thinking ahead to plans for the coming week, your mind just can’t go to sleep no matter how tired you feel.
Sleep maintenance insomnia is when you can’t stay asleep through the night. Maybe you wake up several times to use the bathroom, or maybe you notice yourself waking up at the same time each night. Many people have a hard time getting back to sleep after they arise. These lost minutes, or hours, add up and probably play a part in the fatigue you feel during the day.
Sometimes, your insomnia could be caused by an underlying condition, and naturopathic doctors help you find the root cause of your insomnia. People who have anxiety, depression, or high stress can have a hard time sleeping, and thyroid problems and adrenal gland dysfunction can contribute to altered sleep phases and fatigue. Your insomnia might be a side effect of medications you’re taking, and caffeine can have stimulating effects even hours later, meaning that afternoon cup of coffee might be what’s keeping you up. We know what questions to ask and which lab tests to order to figure out why you’re not sleeping. And we know what treatments work to get you resting well.
Some natural therapies work very quickly, and you might even be able to have a good sleep tonight! Naturopathic remedies don’t have the same hangover that sleeping pills give you. Herbs and supplements can be used short-term that will get you sleeping while we work on treating the root cause of your insomnia.