Insomnia isn’t a life threatening condition, but if you have suffered with sleep issues for a while, you would do anything to bring back that good night of sleep. Insomnia is determined if you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. While a bad night of sleep happens once in awhile, when it becomes chronic, it becomes a real concern.
Often times medical doctors and naturopathic doctors forget to ask some of the most important questions; Are you getting a good night’s sleep? Do you feel refreshed in the morning? Just because you do alright falling asleep and staying asleep, doesn’t mean you are getting the quality sleep your body needs to function.
Sleep is important for body recovery, and when insomnia becomes chronic it can predispose you to many chronic illnesses. Some of the more common conditions associated with sleep deprivation are: heart disease, diabetes, anxiety, depression, headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome and adrenal fatigue. Sleep issues can also be a trigger for substance abuse, motor vehicle accidents as well as memory and focus issues.
Dr. Tali, Toronto Naturopath, believes that 8 hours of sleep isn’t enough to say that you have a good night of sleep. Your deep sleep and how you feel in the morning are just as important!
Let’s talk about your circadian rhythm – your body is a biological clock. While pharmaceutical sleeping pills may be putting you to sleep, they are not only addicting but they also don’t fix the issue that has to do with your biological clock.
There is so much we can talk about when it comes to the importance of sleep, but here is a study done on weight loss: 2 groups, same average weight, same diet, same age and same exercise program. One difference: hours of sleep. Those who slept a bit more were able to lose 50% more weight and and were able to maintain it, in comparison to the group that didn’t get enough sleep.