Insomnia

In our busy world of mini screens, e-readers, alarms, graveyard shifts, and 24 hour news cycles it’s no wonder that we have problems sleeping. About 60 million Americans a year have insomnia frequently or for extended periods of time, which leads to even more serious sleep deficits. Insomnia tends to increase with age and affects about 40 percent of women and 30 percent of men. It is often the major disabling symptom of an underlying medical disorder.

The solution could be as simple as creating a good routine before bed, this is sometimes referred to as “Sleep Hygiene”. We sleep best in a cool, dark, quiet environment. Is your bedroom stuffy? Do you really need your blinking phone right next to your head? Hormonal fluctuations are another common cause of insomnia. If your cortisol levels are off it’s possible that hormonally your body thinks it is dawn just as you’re trying to fall asleep. Some simple tests can tell us what your hormones are doing and we will work together using specific nutrients, herbs, and lifestyle adjustments to get you sleeping again.