Sleep Issues & Insomnia
A recent survey found most people sleep less than six hours each night. Seventy-five percent of people surveyed also experience sleep difficulties at least a few nights per week. Chronic sleep loss or insomnia may lead to health issues such as weight gain or high blood pressure. If you are having trouble sleeping, Dragonfly 360 Yoga & Wellness in Indianapolis can help. Contact us at (317) 344-9840 today.
Reasons to Get Enough Sleep
According to the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, there are many reasons it’s imperative to get enough sleep each day:
- Learning and Memory
Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. If you don’t get enough sleep, your ability to understand and retain information decreases.
- Metabolism and Weight
Chronic sleep deprivation affects the way our body processes and stores carbohydrates and regulates hormone levels, which may cause weight gain.
Sleep loss can result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, moodiness, and other negative moods.
- Cardiovascular Health
Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.
Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.
At Dragonfly 360, your health and positive well-being are our primary concern. Dr. Melanie MacLaren can help with a wide variety of health issues — including sleep loss, chronic fatigue, digestive problems, endocrine system issues, weight loss, allergies, and more — and provide the tools to take control of your health.Request Appointment
The Four Stages of Sleep
Stage 1: Light sleep. One drifts in and out and can be awakened without difficulty.
Stage 2: Light sleep. The heart rate slows and the body temperature decreases. At this point, the body prepares to enter deep sleep.
Stage 3: Deep sleep. These stages are known as slow-wave, or delta, sleep. If aroused from sleep during these stages, a person may feel disoriented for a few minutes. During these stages the body repairs and regenerates tissues, builds bone and muscle, and strengthens the immune system.
Stage 4: REM sleep. Intense dreaming occurs during REM sleep as a result of heightened brain activity. Voluntary muscles become paralyzed during this stage.
Common Causes of Poor Sleep
Nutritional Deficiencies – Consuming a poor diet can affect our sleep. Nutrient deficiencies in calcium, magnesium, and B vitamins can have a negative impact on our sleep.
Stress and Anxiety – According to the Stress and Anxiety Disorder Survey by Anxiety Disorders Association of America, “seven out of ten adults in the United States say they experience stress or anxiety daily, and seven out of ten of these adults say they have trouble sleeping.”
Caffeine and Drugs – Caffeinated drinks, such as coffee, and drugs, such as diet pills and decongestants, stimulate some parts of the brain and may cause insomnia, or an inability to sleep. Many antidepressants suppress REM sleep.
Cigarette Smoke – Heavy smokers often sleep very lightly and have reduced amounts of REM sleep. They also tend to wake up after 3 or 4 hours of sleep due to nicotine withdrawal.
Alcohol – Many people who suffer from insomnia try to solve the problem with alcohol – the so-called night cap. While alcohol does help people fall into light sleep, it also robs them of REM and the deeper, more restorative stages of sleep. Instead, it keeps them in the lighter stages of sleep, from which they can be easily awakened.
Holistic Offerings for Better Sleep
Naturopathic treatment is about finding the underlying cause of discomfort and supporting the body naturally through the use of nutrition, natural remedies, and stress management techniques:
- Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies
Using Quantum Reflex Analysis (QRA), Dragonfly 360 can determine the optimal herbal and homeopathic remedies for your self-healing.
Essential oils are the distilled essence of plants and herbs. The essential oils are very potent and provide many therapeutic benefits. Various essential oils may be applied to acupressure points on the feet or back to promote sleep.
- Stress Reduction Techniques
Dr. Melanie can teach you techniques that you can use anywhere to help manage stress, relax, and promote restful sleep.
Contact us at (317) 344-9840 to learn more about Dr. Melanie’s techniques used to promote a good night of rest and a healthy lifestyle. Conveniently located in Indianapolis, Dragonfly 360 proudly serves Indy, Carmel, and the surrounding areas as a holistic provider of naturopathic services and yoga instruction.