Going to bed struggling to fall asleep, tossing and turning, thinking about your day. Before you know it, its 2am and you are scrolling through some mundane drivel on your phone. Next thing you know, its 5am and guess what your blinkers start feeling heavy, but it’s not long till your day is starting and you need to be alert to go again!
What could be potentially going on, below are just a few of the issues I help clients overcome with nutrition consultations :
· Have you looked at the moon tonight? Time and date is a great website to keep up with what is going on with the luna cycle. Earth, and us being a part of this seem to be really disrupted by the moon and its cycle. It seems that as we appraoch a full moon we struggle most with sleep and take longer to reach REM sleep.
· Dysbiosis/pathogenic overgrowth – our beneficial bacteria has a really positive effect on our neurotransmitters such as serotonin. When we have good levels of serotonin, we tend to also have ample amounts of melotonin to help us sleep when we are in a dark room. Many pathogenic types of bacteria/parasites/yeast have a negative effect on this which can affect sleep.
Stress one of the most common reasons for a lack of sleep is stress. Stress increases your release of cortisol. Cortisol makes you alert and prevents you from switching off
lighting tvs, light bulbs, you name it - anything that gives out unnatural light plays havoc with the circadian rhythm making us think we need to be awake rather than asleep
· Diabetes – if you are getting up regularly in the night to urinate this is definitely something to explore with your doctor as this may be a marker for poor blood sugar balance
· Times we are awake according to Chinese medicine this can be related to our organs and how they process during our resting state.
If you are struggling to sleep at a predictable time it may be related to one of the below and emotions related to this
11- 1am your gall bladder is in charge digesting fats.
1-3am your liver is detoxifying away like a trooper,3-5am your lungs is working on circulation, you may notice you have a pretty poor immune system if you are awake at this time.