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Friday, March 28, 2014

Are Sleep Troubles Keeping You Awake?

Sleep insufficiency is a growing epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 50 to 70 million US adults may have a sleep or wakefulness disorder, including insomnia. And over 6 out of 10 American adults experience difficulty sleeping several nights per week. A lack of sleep may contribute to a number of health hazards, such as nodding off while driving or having difficulty performing work tasks that can result in accidents. But it may also increase your risk to a number of chronic conditions, including high blood pressure, obesity, type 2 diabetes, depression, and cancer. And, according to a recent study, sleep insufficiency is also one of the best predictors of job burnout. So getting adequate, quality sleep is important for maintaining your health and quality of living.

Lifestyle plays an important role. Our hectic lifestyles often demand we do more in a day than waking hours allow, which often cuts into valuable sleep time. Stress can also keep you awake. And a lack of sleep can lower your ability to respond appropriately to environmental stressors, or increase the degree of stress you're feeling. Exercising regularly and managing stress can help you sleep more soundly, but you also have to make time for a full 7 to 8 hours of sleep at night. Daytime naps can also help your body get adequate rest (they've even been shown to increase work productivity).

Nutritional supplementation can also help you rest easier. Because stress is often the root of minor sleep disturbances, a comprehensive stress evaluation can help identify your individual response to stress and the type of nutritional support to boost your stress tolerance. There are also a number of nutrients and botanicals that can help you relax and relieve occasional sleeplessness, without the daytime grogginess associated with some over-the-counter and prescription medications. The following have often been recommended individually, but may also provide enhanced sleep support when used in combination: melatonin, Chinese skullcap, passionflower, lemon balm, hops, valerian, calcium and magnesium.

Schedule an appointment today to learn more about nutritional support for the quality rest you need.

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