Sleep

Sleep has profound effects on almost every tissue of our body making it crucial for both our physical & mental health and general wellbeing. Too many of us have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or reaching deep, restorative sleep. A lack of sleep can negatively affect concentration, memory, focus, motor skills and social interaction.

 Some of the common causes of sleep disruption include:

  • Substance abuse - caffeine, alcohol, cigarette smoking, recreational drugs, or certain prescription medications
  • Disruption of circadian rhythms - shift work, travel across time zones
  • Disruption of melatonin production – the exposure to light through use of electronics at night
  • Advancing age - biological changes associated with aging, underlying medical conditions, and side effects from medications all contribute to insomnia
  • Menopause - due to hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, and/or fluctuations in hormones
  • Hormonal changes during menstrual cycle - insomnia may occur during menstruation; sleep improves mid-cycle with ovulation
  • Pregnancy - particularly in the later months
  • Medical conditions - acid reflux, Fibromyalgia or other chronic pain syndromes, heart disease, arthritis, ADHD, and obstructive sleep-apnoea
  • Psychiatric and neurological conditions - anxiety, depression, dementia, Parkinson's disease, restless leg syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Certain medications - antidepressants, decongestants
  • Poor nightly rituals – going to sleep at different times each night, reading stimulating material in bed, watching TV in bed.  
  • Partners who snore

Using a holistic approach, Emma will assess your sleep hygiene practices and help you return to a normal sleep cycle and achieve restorative sleep to restore energy levels and improve relaxation.