Trouble Sleeping? Get Expert Evaluation and Care at Native Sun Nutrition
Sleep troubles are caused by more than setting your bedroom to the wrong temperature, being exposed to too much light, having too much alcohol or caffeine, and other lifestyle habits. There are physical and mental factors to consider as well.
You have to care for the whole body in order to alleviate all the factors, which is why you need to come see Dr. Williams at Native Sun Nutrition & Functional Medicine in Las Vegas.
The Physical and Mental Reasons You’re Not Sleeping Well
There are many reasons beyond the aforementioned that can impair sleep, all of which can stem from various underlying factors. Here are four of the most common physical and mental reasons you’re not sleeping well.
Pain - Pain means there’s steady communication between your brain and the painful area. It can be active enough to keep you awake, or wake you up often, robbing you of getting into deep, restorative sleep. And without quality sleep, you can grow sensitive to pain.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the types of pain that most commonly cause insomnia are back pain; headaches; and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. To help you out of pain and achieve quality sleep, Dr. Williams will evaluate you for the root cause of your pain and develop an action plan to get you on the path to healing.
Skin Conditions - The natural cycling of various hormones, molecules and chemicals can cause itchiness at night. For example, you release more cytokines, which increase inflammation.Your body temperature and fluid balance also change, causing skin conditions, like eczema and psoriasis to be worse at night.
Various health conditions can cause nighttime skin itchiness, including kidney or liver disease, anemia, thyroid issues, nerve disorders, and even some cancers.
Depression/Anxiety - Many people with depression and/or anxiety struggle with sleep. It’s called a bidirectional relationship, meaning that both health issues exacerbate each other. Depression/anxiety makes it hard to mentally relax enough to sleep, and poor sleep makes you feel depressed and anxious due to not enough serotonin in your system.
Depression can literally shrink the brain, alter the shape of your hippocampus, and shrink other parts of your brain, leading to cognitive decline. The sooner you get adequate help with both depression and sleep, the better quality recovery.
Thyroid disorders - The thyroid, a small gland in your neck, produces energy-regulating hormones that affect your entire body. It needs to operate in a Goldilocks zone for optimal health and sleep. If the thyroid is overactive or underactive, this can interfere with thyrotropin production and your overall circadian rhythm.
Stress - Your body’s natural reaction to stress is meant to keep you alive, but so many people live in a chronically stressed state that their body is oversaturated with cortisol and adrenaline that they can’t sleep. What’s worse, chronic stress can lead to adrenal fatigue/adrenal insufficiency, and elevated cortisol levels often lead to obesity, fatigue, and impaired cognitive function.
The interesting thing about stress is that, when addressing it, you have to consider how you perceive it. Everyone handles stress differently. Getting it under control in a way that works for you takes proper clinical care with the help of a medical professional.
Achieve Better Sleep in Las Vegas
Dr. Caroline Williams is a chiropractic physician with an emphasis on functional medicine. She has been practicing in Las Vegas, Nevada since 2001, and has effectively helped countless patients not only improve their health but also prevent dysfunction and disease from developing.
Since your struggle with poor sleep can be one or more of myriad health issues, we take a scientific approach using objective data from lab work, and specific diagnostics needed to assess each individual based on challenges they are facing along with health history, and lifestyle assessment. Check out her patient reviews here.