Wholesome Dwelling: Figuring out and Treating Insomnia

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Healthy Living: Identifying and Treating Insomnia

Normal sleep probably cannot be defined by most people. Take snoring, for example. Many people snore and do nothing about it. Doctors say snoring can lead to serious health problems like stroke or even erectile dysfunction.

First, let’s discuss the signals.

“My eyes get heavy during a meeting. I think, attention and concentration, focus so people can say I have brain fog or my spouse told me something and I don’t remember,” explained the state-certified neurologist and founder of Sound Sleep Guru in Bellevue, Dr. Meredith Broderick.

She has spent 13 years sending even the most difficult insomniacs to sleep. Broderick says poor sleep could be the route to most of your problems.

“There are certain conditions that we want to screen people for. High blood pressure, glucose intolerance, even prediabetes, chronic migraines that are difficult to treat, depression, anxiety, all of these things get a lot better with sleep therapy.” Apnea or whatever the sleep disorder is, “said Dr. Broderick.

Dr. Broderick says that women are more likely to have trouble sleeping than men because of all of the hormonal changes women go through at different stages of life
such as menstruation, pregnancy, the 4th trimester and menopause.

A sleep study is the best way to determine unhealthy sleeping habits, and modern technology makes it incredibly easy with this single-use test called the Watchpat One.

“You would just start the test on your phone, wear it overnight, take it off, upload the data in the morning and I would call my patients that day and tell them if they have sleep apnea or are snoring,” said Dr. Broderick.

If lack of sleep is attributed to oral snoring, Dr. Katharine Christian from the Snore and Sleep Apnea Center in Seattle came into play.

“If you look down your throat and your tiny uvula, that punching bag is big and inflamed, you have an oral snore,” said Dr. Christian.

Both doctors say that prescription pills aren’t the best cure, especially in the long run, because it’s not natural, restful sleep. They say a natural remedy like melatonin can help some.

  • Here are some dos and don’ts:
  • No caffeine eight hours before bed
  • Avoid alcohol before bed
  • No electronics an hour before bed
  • Be consistent with a regular wake-up time
  • Be active during the day.

Experts recommend cognitive behavioral therapy to treat chronic insomnia. When asked if CBD or THC products help you sleep, Broderick said that because of the different chemicals in marijuana, there simply isn’t enough research to confirm whether it helps you get a good night’s sleep.

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