Getting enough sleep and high-quality sleep is critical to mental, emotional and physical health. Deep sleep is when your body makes the most growth hormone–the body’s own fountain of youth that keeps your body and mind feeling young and facilitates recovery from stress, injury and disease.
First off, identifying and treating sleep apnea and snoring that may be disturbing sleep is key. There are now fairly inexpensive home-tests that measure pulse oxygen and nasal breathing as a fairly accurate screen for apnea that is far more convenient that a full, overnight sleep study. You still need to get the test from a doctor, but health insurance is often covering these convenient home screens. Depression, anxiety, peri-menopause, menopause, and andropause can also cause sleep disturbance and these are also all treatable with functional and naturopathic medicine.
Now, I want to focus on night-owls. If you have trouble winding down and Continue reading “Correcting Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD)”