Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling or staying asleep, or non-restorative sleep. Insomnia that occurs most nights and lasts a month or more is considered chronic insomnia.
Do you suffer from chronic insomnia? We recommend assessing your hormone levels, specifically pregnenolone, DHEA, total estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and TSH. Next, work with your health care provider to replace deficient hormones, and use melatonin and other supplements that can calm your body and help restore dominance of the parasympathetic nervous system at night.
Melatonin is the hormone that regulates the body‘s biological clock. As we age, our bodies produce less melatonin, which can lead to difficulty sleeping. Many people take supplemental melatonin at bedtime to help them fall asleep. The recommended dose of melatonin ranges from 0.3 to 6 mg, depending on individual needs.
Many herbs and nutrients may help manage insomnia, used either alone or in combination with prescription medications. They include:
- B vitamins
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Essential Oils (Lavender and Lemon Balm)
In addition to these herbs and nutrients, you can try to improve your sleep by:
- Avoid stimulating drugs, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol late in the day. If you use medications that may be stimulating, take them long before bedtime.
- Try not to take naps during the day.
- Avoid eating a large meal in the evening.
- Exercise regularly, but try not to exercise close to bedtime.
- Reduce stress levels by listening to relaxation tapes, taking warm baths, and meditating.
Because every person’s body chemistry is different, we work closely with you to develop a personalized program that improves your overall Quality of Life.
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