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[fa icon="calendar'] May 24, 2018 10:52:26 PM / by Isadora Guggenheim & Winter Ninivaggi


 Americans need more sleep!

A recent study found that this is just the case, finding that between 2003 and 2016, Americans are actually getting more sleep using data from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS).

The majority of people living in the US habitually sleep less than the recommended 7-9 hours each day. Sleep restriction is associated with physiological changes that could be precursors of manifest diseases such as decreased insulin sensitivity, cardiovascular disease and mood disorders.

Insomnia is the most typical sign of stress, anxiety, excessive thought, hypersensitivity, over working, too much travel or stimulant use. Emotions such as irritability, anger, jealousy, resentment and hatred also contribute to troubled sleeping. Anxiety is associated with sleep problems for all ages. 

A good night's sleep can be closer then you think.

Simple changes can really effect not only how you feel about yourself and how soundly you sleep.

Diet is very important. Avoid foods like sugar, alcohol, caffeine and excess fruits. (Avoiding sugar and will also make your skin healthier). Avoid the notorious gluten and other inflammatory foods. Be careful not to eat too late either. Adequate exercise will also aid in the quality your night's sleep, but do not over or under do it.  Changing your diet and exercise routine will make you feel healthier and better about yourself. Try aerobics or spin class - they have the added benefit of easing anxiety.

Try new things. Meditation and breathing exercises will help to calm a restless mind. Find what works for you. Loving yourself, getting to the root of your insomnia and finding healthy effective ways to treat it will be the best thing you can do for yourself. Let's face it, insomnia takes a huge toll on your daily life. Giving yourself the sleep of your dreams will change your life. 

If you think that mental unrest and excessive stress are just part of life and you are having trouble sleeping visit Dr. Guggenheim at Second Nature Care. She will spend the time to understand the root cause of your insomnia and/or anxiety and find the best treatment and lifestyle changes for you. We recommend Xymogen's Sedalin or Melatonin for better sleep. If you have a chronic disease pattern, then you might benefit from low dose naltrexone or medical marijuana. You can schedule a consult for either one to address and correct your insomnia.

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Lennon, K. W. (2018, May 23). Americans are getting more sleep. Retrieved from are getting more sleep

Isadora Guggenheim, ND, RN, MS, CNS LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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