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.