Natural remedies for sleep deprivation

The importance of sleep is quite frequently a neglected factor within the quest of achieving optimal health and happiness. Sleep quality directly affects all aspects of your everyday life, including your mental sharpness, productivity, creativity, emotional balance, physical vitality, body weight and appearance.

Based on this information, I think you’ll agree that the necessity for adequate amounts of sleep and consistent sleeping habits are valuable elements to consider when your health standards are of high importance.

Studies have proven that an estimated 1.5 million Australians (8.9% of the population) are living with single or multiple sleep disorders, the most prevalent being obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), restless leg syndrome (RLS) and primary insomnia.

Obstructive sleep apnoea is a condition that refers to abnormal reductions or pauses in breathing during sleep, whereas insomnia is defined as a condition that involves a difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep for a prolonged period of time. Restless sleep syndrome is a disorder of the central nervous system, characterized by an almost irresistible urge to move the legs.

With the pressures of the present day, sleep disorders are on the rise, consequently leading to a rather sleep-deprived society. Life stresses, illness and environmental factors (light, noise, and extreme temperatures) are amongst the main causes for short-term sleep deprivation. Long-term sleep deprivation causes are more closely related to medical and psychiatric conditions such as asthma, anxiety and depression.

If you’re not successfully gaining the required amount of restorative sleep, this creates adverse effects on your ability to work, learn, create and communicate at your maximum potential.  The majority of adults require seven and a half to nine hours of sleep each night, any less and it’s highly likely that you’re suffering the effects of sleep deprivation.

Signs and symptoms related to sleep deprivation:

–          Relying of your alarm clock, especially the snooze button!

–          Struggling to get out of bed in the morning

–          Feeling sluggish in the afternoon

–          Napping to make it through the day

–          Feeling drowsy after heavy meals

–          Falling asleep within five minutes of going to bed

The effects of sleep deprivation:

–          Fatigue, lethargy, lack of motivation

–          Moodiness or irritability

–          Reduced creativity and problem-solving skills

–          Inability to cope with stress

–          Reduced immunity; frequent colds and infection

–          Concentration and memory problems

–          Weight gain

–          Impaired motor skills

–          Difficulty making decisions

–          Increased risk of Diabetes, heart disease and other health problems

As you can imagine, life is remarkably more enjoyable when your body is receiving the suggested amount of sleep each night! If you’re wondering how Health Place can help, we have two options available for your benefit:

(1)    Massage – This is particularly beneficial in treating sleep disorders that are associated with stress, migraine, muscle and joint pain. Our therapistsutilize massage techniques that assist in curing sleeplessness by relieving muscle tension, improving circulation, lowering the heart rate and generally reducing stress.

(2)    Acupuncture – A personalised acupuncture treatment plan will calm the central nervous system, provide relief from anxiety and also alleviate chronic pain (a common contributor to sleep disorders).

Contact Health Place online or via the phone if you’d like to arrange a time to speak with one of our therapists regarding any issues you may be experiencing in regards to sleep.

Written by Laura Braulins, Health Place Reception Team