Sleep 101: naturopathic approach


Sleep problems are a common health complaint and people can have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or a combination of both. Although it may seem like your body is just resting, a lot is being accomplished while you are asleep. Sleep deprivation can thus lead to serious health problems and getting enough restful sleep on a regular basis is important to overall health.

When addressing insomnia, it is important to look at the basics and address the underlying problems. Lifestyle changes to improve the sleep routine, enhance the sleep environment, and to reduce distractions are important first steps to better sleep. Only when proper sleep hygiene is implemented and sustained, you can move on to other health support to achieve better quality sleep.

Hormonal imbalance is a common cause of insomnia. Testing for cortisol, progesterone, thyroid hormones and more can provide important information to support sleep. If high stress is correlated with insomnia, the natural rhythm of cortisol (the stress hormone) can be affected and it needs to be addressed for better sleep. Perimenopausal women with sleep issues can benefit from hormonal support. Addressing overactive thyroid will lead to more restful sleep. Melatonin level is important for the circadian rhythm in proper sleep. Acupuncture works to balance the energy (Qi) of the body and can address sleep issues relating to mood, pain, as well as hormonal imbalance. Botanical support promotes relaxation and prepares the body for sleep as well as to stay asleep. Essential oils from various plants work to encourage more rest and sleep. Mineral and nutrient deficiency can affect sleep and addressing the deficiency will promote sleep and better health.

Come join us at Health Matters to learn more about sleep support on Monday, March 26th at 7pm. Take charge of your health and work with Dr. Helen Cen for a comprehensive long-term health plan today! Check out events for more info.