Dr. Aaron Smith, Lynnwood Naturopathic Doctor, offers solutions to sleep problems.
Chronic Fatigue and Low Energy
One of the biggest issues patients face is around chronic fatigue or low energy. Odds are if you don’t have the energy to get through the day it will be that much harder to keep working and improving your lifestyle.
Do you feel tired all of the time? Many Americans get less than 6 hours of sleep a night.
Sleep problems have major implications for many other health conditions and keeps you from feeling your best. In general sleep deprivation, or poor sleep, can wreak havoc on your body’s natural circadian rhythms and your hormone levels in the body. This may impact Cortisol levels (energy and stress), insulin and blood sugar regulation and also the hormones that affect appetite (increased ghrelin which makes you hungry and decreased leptin which makes you satiated or full); making it harder to concentrate, harder to regulate sleep, to lose weight, and have less energy throughout the day.
To improve the quality of sleep that you get every night, do not charge your smartphone next to the bed.
More and more people carry their phones with them all the time, everywhere including into the bedroom. It is too tempting to check social media, text, email, or watch Netflix. The screen time spent within 2 hours before bedtime throws off your brain’s natural rhythm (by changes in melatonin production) and affects your quality of sleep. Now there are Apps and special glasses which you can buy to block the amount of light coming off your screen and shift the light that hits your retina from the blue to the red end of the spectrum but the easiest solution is to remove the temptation entirely. Buy an alarm clock. But what can I do? Try reading, writing, drawing or meditating, unplug.
Instead of buying a regular alarm clock I actually ended up buying a Smart device, which has some major pros, including linking up with many health apps and wearables that you can track and even send logs to your doctor.
If you would like to meet with a doctor to talk about other solutions for your sleep problems, please contact us.
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