http://drhedberg.com/insomnia-webinar-causes-and-natural-treatments/ Okay, well, welcome, everyone. This is Dr. Nik Hedberg, and tonight we're talking about sleep disorders. And this one of my favorite topics, just because it's something that I encounter a lot in practice. Many, many people have issues with sleep, many chronically people. And it's really one of those fundamental things that it's just very difficult to help someone get healthy when they're not getting a good night's sleep.
Sleep is when your body repairs itself; it's when your body releases the greatest amount of growth hormone; it's when a lot of your neurotransmitters in the brain, like serotonin, dopamine, etc. are restored and regenerated while you're sleeping. Sleeping, of course, reduces stress, and it's definitely becoming a bigger and bigger problem in today's society for a variety of reasons.
So tonight we're going to talk about three different types of sleep disorders that we see. People can have one of these types, or they can have a mixed type. But we have pretty good success getting people to sleep once we figure out what kind of type they are and what they do well on. Then, of course, the underlying cause.
So, these are really the main things that really cause sleep disruption, stress is obviously going to be number one. Stress raises cortisol levels, and then cortisol, when it's high, that will prevent you from sleeping. And then of course caffeine, coffee, black tea, chocolate, things like that. Caffeine, of course, stimulates the thyroid and the adrenal glands, giving you a false sense of energy. But there is a price to pay when you do consume caffeine for energy.
Sugar and of course poor dietary choices, blood sugar imbalances. And one of the things that happens when you sleep is you're actually in a fasting state, a very long fast, up to six to eight hours on average. And so when you're fasting, your body has to maintain a stable blood sugar level, and if you're body is not able to do that, that's mainly regulated by the liver, the pancreas and the adrenal glands. If you're body is not able to do that, regulate blood sugar while you're asleep, that can wake you up. We'll talk a little bit more about that later.
Light in the bedroom, and that can be anything, like from a clock radio, street lights coming in, computer lights, things like that, any kind of light. Even though your eyes are closed, the brain still picks up on light in the room, and that will disrupt your sleep. Lack of exercise, chronic infections, food sensitivities. Really the big food sensitivities are going to be gluten, dairy, corn, soy, and eggs.
A magnesium deficiency, because magnesium has an overall calming effect on the nervous system, the brain and the muscular system. Just kind of relaxes everything.
And television, watching television in bed, watching violence or traumatic movies or shows before bed, all of these things can contribute to sleep disruption.
You would also want to add in there sex hormone imbalances, especially in peri-menopausal and post-menopausal women. When progesterone levels begin to drop, that can make it more difficult to get a good night's sleep.
NOTE FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED: This video contains accurate Closed Captions. To read the captions, hover your mouse over the bottom-right portion of the video window and click the CC icon.
For more information visit: http://drhedberg.com/insomnia-webinar-causes-and-natural-treatments/