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Insomnia

 

Adequate sleep is absolutely necessary for long-term health and wellness!

Sleep allows the body to regenerate.  Many different physiologic processes occur during sleep, but perhaps the most important are the increased secretion of growth hormone and the scavenging of free radicals (which produce chronic disease) in the brain.

Insomnia represents one of the most common complaints seen by physicians and is a symptom that can have many causes.  Insomnia or sleep disturbance can be categorized into two basic groups:  Sleep-onset insomnia and Sleep-maintenance insomnia.

The causes of sleep onset insomnia include:

◦ Anxiety or tension

◦ Environmental change

◦ Emotional arousal

◦ Fear of insomnia

◦ Phobia of sleep

◦ Disruptive environment

◦ Pain or discomfort

◦ Caffeine

◦ Alcohol

 

The causes of sleep maintenance insomnia include:

◦ Depression

◦ Environmental change

◦ Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)

◦ Restless leg syndrome

◦ Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

◦ Pain or discomfort

◦ Drugs (many prescription medications)

◦  Alcohol 

*  Hormonal imbalance

*  Adrenal fatigue

In addition, a number of medications or foods may contribute to insomnia including:

  • Thyroid medications
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Beta-blockers (used for blood pressure and heart rhythm control)
  • Marijuana
  • Coffee or tea
  • Chocolate
  • Appetite suppressants
  • Antidepressants
  • Stimulants

Insomnia also may accompany a number of medical conditions including:

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Male or female hormone imbalance
  • Vitamin, mineral and nutrient deficiencies
  • Neurotransmitter (brain chemical) imbalance 

In the course of a year 30% of the adult American population suffers from insomnia, and roughly 10% of the adult populations population suffers from chronic insomnia (lasting over 6 months).   

The Wycoff Wellness approach to insomnia begins with an initial consultation consisting of a review of your past medical history and an appropriate physical examination.

After the initial visit at Wycoff Wellness further testing may be recommended.  This testing is designed to help us delineate the precise reason or reasons for your sleep disorder.  Common tests that we may consider include:

  • Blood testing
  • Saliva hormone testing
  • Sleep study (which may be performed in your home)
  • Neurochemical testing (urine or saliva collection) 

Based upon your history, physical and testing Dr. Wycoff will develop an individualized treatment program including the following components:

  • Exercise - regular physical exercise improves sleep
  • Progressive relaxation techniques
  • Establish an appropriate sleep environment
  • Appropriate nutrient replacement
  • Optimize hormone replacement (with bioidentical hormones)

Natural supplements may be suggested such as:

◦ Melatonin

◦ Passion Flower

◦ Valerian Root

◦ 5-HTP (tryptophan)

◦ Magnesium

◦ Vitamin B6

◦ Niacin (vitamin B3) 

The Wycoff Wellness Center unique approach can help identify the cause of your sleep disorder and can provide a comprehensive program to treat the cause of your underlying problem.

Call today to schedule an appointment for an inital visit!

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