Sleeping Disorders

The Get Well Center provides 9 natural way's to restore your sleep.

Are you suffering From:

What is Sleep?

Sleep was long considered just a uniform block of time when you are not awake. Thanks to sleep studies done over the past several decades, it is now known that sleep has distinctive stages that cycle throughout the night. One of these is called REM sleep which is the deepest sleep.

Your brain stays active throughout sleep, but different things happen during each stage. For instance, certain stages of sleep are needed for us to feel well-rested and energetic the next day, and other stages help us to learn or to make memories.

In brief, a number of vital tasks carried out during sleep help maintain good health and enable people to function at their best.

Who suffers from Sleep "Disorders"?

At least 40 million Americans suffer each year from chronic, long-term sleep disorders, and an additional 20 million experience occasional sleeping problems. These disorders and the resulting sleep deprivation interfere with work, driving, and social activities. They also account for an estimated $16 billion in medical costs each year, while the indirect costs due to lost productivity and other factors are probably much greater.

Sleep also affects some kinds of epilepsy in complex ways. REM sleep (deep sleep) seems to help prevent seizures that begin in one part of the brain from spreading to other brain regions. Sleep deprivation triggers seizures in people with some types of epilepsy.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes, sleep and sleep-related problems play a role in a large number of human disorders and affect almost every field of medicine. For example, problems like stroke and asthma attacks tend to occur more frequently during the night and early morning, perhaps due to changes in hormones, heart rate, and other characteristics associated with sleep.


Insomnia has many different causes, including physical and mental conditions and stress. Insomnia is the perception that you don’t get enough sleep because you can’t fall asleep or stay asleep or get back to sleep once you have awakened during the night. It affects people of all ages, usually for just an occasional night or two, but sometimes for weeks, months, or even years. Because insomnia can become a chronic problem, it is important to get it diagnosed and treated if it persists for more than a month.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes, sleep and sleep-related problems play a role in a large number of human disorders and affect almost every field of medicine. For example, problems like stroke and asthma attacks tend to occur more frequently during the night and early morning, perhaps due to changes in hormones, heart rate, and other characteristics associated with sleep.

Studies show that not getting enough sleep or getting poor quality sleep on a regular basis increases the risk of having high blood pressure, heart disease, and other medical conditions.

Sleep also affects mood. Insufficient sleep can make you irritable and is linked to poor behavior and trouble with relationships, especially among children and teens. People who chronically lack sleep are also more likely to become depressed.

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Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is a persistent loud snoring at night and a daytime sleepiness. Another symptom is frequent long pauses in breathing during sleep, followed by choking and gasping for breath. People with sleep apnea don’t get enough restful sleep, and their daytime performance is often seriously affected. Sleep apnea may also lead to hypertension, heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. However, it can be treated, and the sleep apnea patient can live a normal life.

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Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

RLS is a condition distinguished by tingling or painful sensations in the legs and sometimes the arms while sitting or lying still, especially at bedtime. The person with RLS needs to constantly stretch or move the legs to try to relieve these uncomfortable or painful symptoms. As a result, he or she has difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep and usually feels extremely sleepy and unable to function fully during the day.

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People with narcolepsy fall asleep uncontrollably at any time of the day, in all types of situations regardless of the amount or quality of sleep they had the night before. Narcolepsy is characterized by these ‘sleep attacks,’ as well as by daytime sleepiness, episodes of muscle weakness or paralysis, and disrupted night time sleep.

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The two main underlying causes resulting in insomnia:

  1. Pain is one of the most common underlying conditions associated with chronic insomnia. Resulting in the Inability to get restful sleep from the annoying discomfort when experienced at night.

    Pain is one of the most commonly experienced insomnia symptoms in America. In a survey done by ABC News and USA Today, along with Stanford University Medical Center, more than half of Americans suffer from chronic or recurrent pain, and nearly half (46%) of poll-takers reported pain in the last two weeks. That doesn't’t count the “usual minor annoyances.” The survey also showed that back pain is the most commonly reported source of their pain.

  2. Stress is The second main cause of sleep problems. The relationship between stress and sleep is as follows:

    The primary glands injured by stress are the adrenal glands. When the adrenal glands are weakened from stress, it affects your ability to sleep due to the glands release of abnormal cortisol levels.

    Cortisol dictates when we feel like being active and when we feel like resting. Normally, cortisol levels rise in the morning and fall in the evening. Highest levels should be at about 6-8 a.m. and lowest levels are normally at about midnight. Physical and emotional stress can increase cortisol, leading to high levels at night and a result of loss of sleep. Cortisol also is the primary director in the function of our immune system.

    There are other hormones produced by the adrenal glands that can indirectly effect sleep. One is adrenaline, which give us the boosts of energy to cope with all the stresses through out the day.  The other is DHEA, who’s functions are still blurry though, according to Alan Gaby, MD., DHEA appears to affect your heart, body weight, nervous system, immunity, bones and other systems.

    While doctors are still pondering all its possible therapeutic effects, DHEA seems to help osteoporosis, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Thus, if your sleep problems are due to weak adrenal glands, other health problems may also benefit from proper care.

    The Healthy and Natural Journal reported these interesting statistics on stress:

    • 70-80% of all visits to the doctor are for stress-related illnesses.
    • People who experience heightened levels of anxiety are 4 to 5 times more likely to have a fatal heart attack or stroke.
    • 50% of all illnesses are caused by stress.

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Sleeping Disorders and Sleeping Medications

In the US the most common treatment option for poor sleep is sleeping pills. The problem with this option is that people become dependent and eventually build up a tolerance and have to increase the dosage, to have any effect, thereby putting their organs and lives at risk.

The reason drugs are not the best option is that they usually have many unwanted side effects and never actually handle the core reason for the sleeping problem.

In an article from BBC News, millions of people are hooked on sleeping tablets, which are wrecking their health. MIND, a British Organization for Better Mental Health, warns that you can become dependent on the tablets within just two weeks. Your body very quickly becomes tolerant to them, and they don’t treat the underlying causes of your sleep problem.

Also, withdrawal symptoms can be severe, ranging from trembling and the shakes to hallucinations, paranoia and epileptic fits.

In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, well-known sleep drugs such as Ambien® and Lunesta® are categorized as a "sedative-hypnotic" with side effects including: bloody or cloudy urine; chills; cold/flu-like symptoms; coughing or hoarseness; decreased interest in sexual intercourse; diarrhea; painful urination; discouragement; fear; feeling sad or empty; irritability; itching skin; lack of appetite; loss of sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance; loss of interest or pleasure; mood or mental changes; nerve pain; nervousness; pain, cramps, heavy bleeding (females); rash; seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there; swelling of the breasts or breast soreness (males); tiredness; trouble concentrating; trouble sleeping; vomiting. Other changes may be more unusual and extreme, such as: confusion, worsening of depression, hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there), suicidal thoughts, and unusual excitement, nervousness, or irritability… These types of drugs taken with alcohol, antihistamines or antidepressants could lead to even more serious reactions.

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9 Natural treatments to Stop Sleep Disorders offered at the Get Well Center

Once at The Get Well Center it’s imperative to have an appropriate understanding of the type of sleep disorder one is experiencing. Then, discover the underling cause(s) of your disorder followed by determining if there are any other associated problems related to the loss of sleep. Finally, we will determine the best natural solution(s) that best fits your needs.

Assessing your health with an in-depth history of your and evaluation is always performed. In the discovery of the underlying cause of your problem, one of the more effective tests that may be used is checking the levels of adrenal hormones through your saliva. Saliva samples are taken four times throughout the day to give a picture of your own highs and lows. Other tests such as Applied Kinesiology, a simple test, may also be utilized.

The nine natural way's to Stop Insomnia & restore restful sleep:

  1. Acupuncture and sleep, Dr. Bolte finds it extremely effective with reducing anxiety, depression, body tension, busy mind, emotional imbalances, pain, etc. ...  It's just fantastic to balance the mind and body for restful sleep.

    In a study conducted by 4 acupuncturists on 47 patients with insomnia, 40 (over 85%) showed remarkable results; 5 showed effective results; and 2 showed no improvement. Thus, the effective cases totaled 45 out of 47 (almost 96%) and among these effective cases 29 (or nearly 62%) showed a good response in the first treatment session.

    "Remarkable result" is defined as: patient fell asleep during the treatment or the same night after treatment; emotion was stable, without depression, anxiety and/or stress after 1-3 sessions of Acupuncture treatment.

  2. Nutrition and sleep, may be needed to provide certain ingredients to support adrenal gland deficiencies and other hormone related issues,
  3. Herbal remedies and sleep, are frequently used to give certain natural ingredients to relax the body and promote sleep.
  4. Homeopathic remedies and sleep, can balance specific energies of the body that rob you of a restful sleep.
  5. Cleanses and sleep, may be needed to remove any toxic stressors that prevent proper health of the mind and body.
  6. Diet sometimes is necessary to feed the proper building blocks to balanced biochemistry for sleep.
  7. Chiropractic and sleep, can improve cerebral spinal fluid flow to help restore brain chemical balance, also to reduce pain and other discomforts, have you ever had a pebble in your shoe.
  8. Devices for grinding teeth, snoring, and sleep apnea.
  9. Exercise and Sleep:

A study of 319 men and 403 women was done to investigate the influence of moderate exercise or physical activity on self-reported sleep disorders among a randomly selected population of adults. Analysis compared selected measures of sleep disorders with measures of exercise and physical activity.

The study showed that both men and women associated with regular activity at least once a week, participated regularly in an exercise program, and those walking at a brisk pace for more than six blocks had significantly reduced risk of sleep disorders. Among women, as they increase in age, exercising also reduced the risk of nightmares.

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