Don’t Hold Back Your Sleep Disorder
In today’s world of fast pace, looking after a family, job, relationship, distraction of social media and other responsibility, what I have observed we easily compromise our sleep to balance another part. We don’t need research to tell us that sleep is critical for brain function, but there’s plenty of it out there. We’ve all experienced groggy feeling, poor decision making and memory loss after a night of little or no sleep.
What happens when a person doesn’t get enough sleep?
Studies have shown a clear relationship between sleep, food consumption, weight regulation, and metabolism.
people, who habitually sleep less than six hours per night are more likely to have a higher-than-average body mas index (BMI)? Researchers believe that this is because our bodies secrete hormones while we sleep that control appetite, metabolism, and glucose processing. Lack of sleep can wreak serious havoc on your insulin levels, put you at higher risk for diabetes, anxiety, and depression and worsen your PCOS symptoms, especially if you sleep less than five hours per night.
What causes sleep disorders?
- Lifestyle choices:- Sleep is often the first thing to be sacrificed when we are overcommitted.
- Disease and/or medical conditions: Many diseases and conditions make it difficult to sleep, either because you cannot get comfortable and relax or because they literally wake you, as in the case of sleep apnea. Often these diseases are caused, in part by sleep deprivation. Diseases such as coronary disease allergies cough, asthma, some chronic pain, depression, women by sleep deprivation, creating an unhealthy cycle.
- Sleep apnea: If you snore loudly and wake with a dry mouth, headaches, or shortness of breath, and if your partner observes that you stop breathing during sleep, you should be tested for sleep apnea, Sleep apnea will worsen your insulin resistance and glucose processing.
- Medication: Sleep disruption is a common side effect of many popular medications.
- Melatonin imbalance: Melatonin is a powerful hormone that regulates your circadian rhythm, the cycle of waking, and Sleep Disruption in its levels often results in sleep deprivation or unhealthy sleep patterns.
- Cortisol imbalance: Your cortisol levels should naturally rise and fall. Ideally, they peak around 8 a.m. and drop off between midnight and 4 a.m. If you wake between 1 and 3 a.m. it may be because of low adrenal function and cortisol or inadequate glycogen reserves in the liver.
- Strive to sleep seven to eight hours per night. Six hours seems to be the minimum amount of sleep the average person needs per night to function and be healthy. More than eight and a half to nine hours can also create metabolic issues. Here are some tips for getting a good night’s sleep
Measures to take for proper sleep
- Eat the right foods. Choose foods that promote sleep (potassium-rich fruit, dark leafy greens, turkey, whole grains), and avoid sleep-interfering foods (anything high in fat or sugar even natural sugars like berries). If blood sugar drops below 50 mg/dL at night, it can increase levels of adrenaline, glucagon, cortisol, and growth hormone, all of which can stimulate the brain. Eating a big meal before sleep is not a good idea either. Your body will be too busy digesting to focus on the restorative aspects of sleep, like detoxifying, regenerating cells, and reviving. If you must eat before bed, the best snacks contain both carbohydrates and protein. Legumes, nuts, and seeds are all good choices.
- Support your adrenal glands. Although cortisol helps your body to adjust to perceived emergencies, chronic stress can lead to adrenal fatigue, a cortisol imbalance, and sleeplessness. Take steps to manage your stress during the day. Experiment with relaxation techniques, yoga, and daily movement.
- Supplement with magnesium. Magnesium is the “relaxation mineral.” Leafy green veggies, oatmeal, pumpkin seeds, black beans, and almonds are all good sources of magnesium. You can also choose a high-quality supplement or take an Epsom-salt bath. Adequate magnesium doesn’t guarantee a good night’s sleep, but lack of magnesium will literally keep you up at night.
- Boost your melatonin. Melatonin must have darkness to trigger activation (even if it is supplemented). Turn off lights and pull light-blocking shades. Turn off electronics at least an hour before bedtime.
- Practice a sleep ritual. A sleep ritual is a crucial element for ensuring a good night’s sleep. Relax your body and mind for 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime to signal your body that it is time to sleep. It gives your mind time to settle so it isn’t racing and making “to-do lists” and helps your muscles to let go of the stress of the day. Try to go to bed at the same time each night. Turn off electronics at least an hour before bed, and practice letting the stresses of the day melt away. Repeat the same steps every night before bed, and your body will begin to go to sleep.
- Cut back (or cut out) caffeine, stimulants, and sugar, especially after lunch. Don’t consume caffeine four to six hours before bed. This includes dark chocolate!
- Avoid alcohol. Don’t drink alcohol for several hours before sleep. If you have a glass of wine to help you sleep, it will initially act as a sedative, but it disrupts REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, and you’ll wake up in the middle of the night when the alcohol is being metabolized.
- Seek treatment if you have an underlying medical condition. A health-care professional can help you resolve sleep apnea, depression, or anxiety.
Conclusion:- sleep disorder is not deadly, but not taken due care it may lead to chronic diseases in long run with decreased productivity. In homeopathy, we take into detail understanding of root cause in case understanding and try to resolve it from within its source in order to avoid any further complication in the most sustainable and non-addictive medicine.