Updated: Jul 30, 2018
Sleep. Don't we love it? There's a quiz going around Facebook asking for a choice to be made, listing several things and asking which we'd rather have out of the whole list. They are things like having a perpetually clean house, having someone run all my errands, or getting 8 hours of sleep every single night. My choice? Sleep! Hey, if I'm getting enough good quality sleep, I have plenty of energy and motivation to do all the other choices listed! Seems like a no-brainer to me.
I've learned a lot of tips and tricks and enough about how the body functions that, barring any unusual stresses cropping up right at bedtime, I can usually manage satisfying, refreshing slumber. But I've had times in my life when it was anything but easy to drift off or to stay asleep once I finally did. Did you know that waking up in the night doesn't always indicate that we just need a bladder break? Many times that's just a side issue and it's not really what woke us up in the first place. Difficulty staying asleep can indicate problems with blood sugar regulation through the night. We may also be low in particular vitamins and minerals that help us sleep. It can also be a sign that the body is detoxing -- a good thing that is supposed to happen -- but waking can mean that the body is having to work harder than it should to get the job done. And, as most of us women know, sleep issues can be a result of hormone imbalances and the resulting dreaded hot flash. Other endocrine imbalances can thwart sleep as well.
The good news is, there is help. Supporting blood sugar regulation, supporting the detoxification process, and getting the right nutrients to support sleep and endocrine function, all through making and timing appropriate food and drink choices, can make a world of difference in your sleep quality. Making use of targeted supplementation and lifestyle hacks to promote good sleep can help greatly, too. Learning how to train your body to spend more time in "rest and digest" mode rather than in "fight or flight" can often help turn things around. Finding out what your bio individual needs are through a nutritional assessment can help pinpoint the underlying reasons why your sleep isn't what it should be. The body's systems are substantially compromised with even just one night of poor sleep, and much more so when it's an ongoing thing. Talk to me; I'd love to help. But now, I'm off to bed. Good night!