Surrey Delta BC at Legacies Health Centre
Insomnia is characterized by difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, it is estimated that the prevalence for insomnia may be as high as 50% of the adult population, with about 15% suffering from chronic insomnia and an additional 35% having transient or occasional insomnia. Insomnia affects women ten times more often than men. This discrepancy may be due to hormonal fluctuations as well as the fact that women tend to wear many hats – working, caring for family, and running a home are very demanding and stressful jobs indeed!
The importance of quality sleep in the in the functioning of the human brain and body cannot be overstated; without it, severe psychological and physiological consequences occur. Adequate sleep is necessary for the body to heal and for emotions to be processed. A lack of sleep puts you at a greater risk for heart disease, infection, high blood sugar levels and obesity, and causes the body’s stress hormones to become unbalanced. Simply stated, sleep is an essential aspect of health.
Most people can tolerate a few days without much sleep and fully recover. However, chronic sleep deprivation appears to accelerate aging of the brain, cause neuronal damage, and leads to nighttime elevations in cortisol-further worsening sleep quality.
Signs and Symptoms
- Not feeling refreshed after sleep
- Inability to sleep despite being tired
- Daytime drowsiness, fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and impaired ability to perform normal activities
- Anxiety as bedtime approaches
The Naturopathic Treatment Approach
Dr Shalviri will listen to all of your health concerns and offer you a personalized treatment plan that addresses the causes of the insomnia. These are the modalities that can be used in treatment of insomnia:
- Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine
- Life style changes
Insomnia is a complex problem and needs to be treated as such, through careful evaluation of its causes and a holistic approach to healing. Sleep medications are short term, band-aid solutions to the problem with dangerous side effects. Supported lifestyle and nutritional changes and gentle naturopathic remedies are effective ways to treat insomnia that will also have positive long term effects in all areas of your life, so that you can sleep well and rest easy that you are ensuring a healthy future.
Dr Asal Shalviri, Naturopathic Doctor, Legacies Health Centre