SLEEP-At the Wheel

Insomnia affects approximately 30 percent of the US population. Sleep is known to be critical for proper function of our body and our life. Sleep can get affected from various factors, lets imagine a wheel analogy, and that the spokes on the wheel can be reasons why someone can’t fall or stay asleep, which we will review shortly. Further, I wanted to also use this analogy to share a startling fact. 

Drowsy driving is like drunk driving! According to Sleep Foundation.org if someone is awake for 18 hours, they will drive as if they have a .05% blood alcohol, and if they have been awake for 25 hours, they will drive as if they have a .10% blood alcohol level. Please recall for reference that drunkenness is determined at .08%. 

A Few Causes of Insomnia can be: 

  1. Lack of Sleep Hygiene: do you have an average bed time, or is it all over the place? Do you watch or scroll media late, exposing yourself to blue light?

Solution: keep a bed time as consistent as possible to help train your body’s sleep/wake cycles. 

Pro Tip: Expose yourself to daylight or a 10,000 LUX light box for 20 min in the morning to help your brain and body reset 

    2. Mood matters: are you worried, or stressed? Anxiety and depression can impact our sleep. Have you been through recent trauma, or big life changes?

Solution: talk to friends, journal, and/or talk to a therapist. Consider a weighted  blanket

Pro Tip: Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss solutions

    3. Hormone imbalance: cortisol, progesterone, and melatonin all can affect your ability to sleep.  Women going through menopause are at higher risk due to hormone changes.

Solution: try a low dose melatonin 0.5-1mg at night

Pro Tip: Get these hormones tested in saliva to get a better idea of what is going on.

   4. Sleep Apnea: refers to a group of disorders in which breathing stops for 10 seconds or greater throughout the night, occurring usually more than 20 times per hour, which decreases oxygen in the blood. Obstructive sleep apnea can be fatal, and occurs when there is upper airway narrowing. This problem leads to more such as cardiac complications, hypertension, daytime sleepiness, slower mental capabilities, and morning headaches. 

Solution: Ask your doctor about getting a sleep study, ideally not one at your home, as there can be false negatives.

Don’t continue to settle for sleepless nights, this can be detrimental to your health. 

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