Do you have a difficult time falling asleep at night? Do you wake in the middle of the night and can not fall back to sleep? Than you may be one of the millions of people who suffer with insomnia. The result of any sleep disturbance is often irritability, depression, anxiety, emotional disturbances, or poor memory. Insomnia can be a sign of poor health and diet as well.
One in four American adults has trouble sleeping. Drugs that induce sleep are among the most commonly used medications today. Most insomnia is caused by worry, but other causes include sleep apnea (difficult breathing while sleeping), restless legs, noise or light, excess caffeine before bed, lack of exercise, and drug use, including the overuse of sleep-inducing drugs. Other factors include chronic anxiety, depression and other manic dysfunctions.
Any food that taxes the liver and gallbladder and is consumed before bed can cause insomnia. Overeating, food additives, preservatives, artificial colors, or foods that do not combine well can all disturb the liver and gallbladder and can keep you awake. Insomnia can also be caused by an excess of other foods and drinks consumed during the day. Too much coffee, tea, chocolate or soda can hinder your sleep. B vitamin and calcium deficiency, and too much salt can cause sleep disturbances.
Foods to Avoid: coffee – tea – spicy foods – cola – chocolate – stimulant drugs – cigarettes – alcohol – refined carbs – sugar – additives – preservatives – non organic foods – canned foods.
Finally, eating whole grains (non GMO) and getting plenty of physical exercise are essential to a good nights sleep. Whole grains promote the production of serotonin, a brain neurotransmitter that promotes better concentration, feelings of well being and deeper sleep. Exercise works off physical tension that can keep you awake at night. To Get more information on herbal remedies and other treatments for insomnia call New Life Chiropractic today!