This morning’s news programs are echoing the Sydney Morning Herald as it reports the increase in accidental drug overdoses, many from the lethal combination of sleeping tablets prescription painkillers, and alcohol.
The Penington Institute’s Chief Executive, John Ryan provides a timely reminder that “You don’t need a drug problem to overdose.”
Incidental sleep difficulties are usually corrected by a return to a regular sleep pattern and minor aches and pains tend to self-correct. However, 1 in 5 patients seek help from their GP for chronic pain while 33-45% of adults report suffering from chronic sleep deprivation.
Physical and emotional pain can lead to chronic sleep deprivation which impacts a range of essential functions and hormone balances. It has been found to contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, poor general mental function and our learning ability. Recent studies also suggest that sleep deprivation may depress the immune system according to The Sleep Disorder Association.
Serious health issues may be contributing to lack of sleep such as sleep apnoea – discuss this with your doctor. However, once serious health issues have been ruled out we need to consider the source of our prolonged sleep problems. Sure, we can see a doctor for sleeping tablets or buy over-the-counter medication to aid sleep and reduce pain but this is a symptom soother.
What can we do to take control of our well-being?
Factors we can consider first:
Develop a regular sleep pattern – set a bedtime
Get up early and get some sunlight
Limit caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine
Exercise – move throughout the day to tire naturally
Avoid or limit naps to 30 minutes (between 1-3pm)
Turn off the TV, computer, phones, tablets etc, 1 hour before bedtime
Create a cool, dark, technology free room for sleep
Still not sleeping?
Alternative therapies such as Kinesiology seek to find the source of our symptoms. So if we continue to suffer from sleep problems, consider whether the source is physical pain, emotional/spiritual pain or chemical imbalances.
Physical pain is a common symptom used by the body to direct our attention to issues that need to be addressed – see earlier blog ‘Painkillers - are we killing the messenger'.
Underlying emotional issues that may need to be addressed include unsolved problems, thinking too much and not knowing how to ‘turn off’ your mind. Maybe feeling vulnerable, unprotected, on guard or have a belief that ‘If I sleep and let go, someone will hurt or take advantage of me’ is impacting sleep. Extreme fear and anxiety, feeling threatened and helpless also contribute to insomnia.
Always see your General Practitioner for medical conditions. Then seek to address the source of your symptoms or illnesses. Kinesiology taps into this communication system and offers a channel that allows the body to identify what it needs to let go of chronic sleep problems and be well.
Are you ready to take control of your health?
Work with me to resolve the source of health and well-being issues.
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