Sleep is so important to health, but many of us just aren’t getting enough! For some people getting enough sleep is just as simple as getting to bed a bit earlier, but for others it can be an anxiety filled issue! If you’re one of those people who have problems falling or staying asleep, please come and talk to our naturopathic doctor about it – getting that problem solved can be life changing.
Here are some compelling reasons to get enough sleep:
- Weight: Sleep deprivation can cause weight gain by changing how our body processes and stores carbohydrates. It can also change hormone levels to increase our appetite.
- Mood: People are more prone to anxiety, depression, and irritability if they’re tired.
- Heart Health: Serious sleep problems have been linked to high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats.
- Immune Function: Sleep deprivation alters your immune function, making you more susceptible to disease.
It is important to listen to your body when it comes to figuring out how much sleep you need. Some people feel refreshed after 7 hours, others need 8 or 9. Some tips to getting a good nights sleep include getting to bed at a regular time, keeping your room dark, doing some breathing exercises or meditation before bed to get your body into a relaxation state, and getting regular exercise.
If you’re having problems with your sleep, please don’t hesitate to come in and speak with our naturopathic doctor about it. There are many ways naturopathic medicine can be used to get you sleeping better and waking refreshed.