Approximately 70 million Americans suffer from one Sleep Disorder or another. Sleep disorders are characterized by any conditions that prevent a person from getting restful sleep. Sleep is an important part of daily life and we spend approximately one-third of it sleeping. Getting enough Quality sleep is just as essential to survival as food and water. It is important for many brain functions, including how nerve cells (neurons) communicate with each other. In fact, sleep plays a housekeeping role in the removal of toxins that buildup in your brain while we are awake. It affects almost every tissue organ and system in the body. The mechanism of sleep and wake cycles is a complex and delicate web of neurotransmitters and signaling molecules.
Lack of sleep can be a serious concern because of the dysfunction it causes during the waking hours while trying to perform basic daily functions. Poor sleep reduces your productivity, concentration, mental clarity, and overall energy level and so forth. Research show that a lack of sleep can also be inversely linked to many other health conditions including High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Obesity, Anxiety/Depression, etc., etc.
Insomnia is defined as:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
- Waking up too far early in the morning
- Feeling tired upon waking
Primary insomnia is not directly associated with any other health condition. However, Secondary insomnia is either directly or indirectly cause by something else, such as a health condition like Depression/Anxiety, Asthma, GERD, Pain, Medications or something else you could be eating or taking.
Factors that play a significant role in sleep are:
Your diet –
- Nutrient Deficiencies –
- Chronic Stress –
- Dysbiosis –
- Lack of Physical Activity or Exercise –
- Neurological Disorders or Imbalances –
- Prescriptions and Over the Counter Medications –
- Toxic Burdens –