Sleep is one of the foundational pillars of health and unfortunately, most people do not get adequate sleep at night.
This information provided below is intended to help you improve your habits around sleep and point you in the direction of accessing further support if required.
"The quality of your sleep is the
quality of your waking life"
START WITH A PROPER ASSESSMENT
If you are having trouble sleeping, we recommend getting a thorough assessment from your medical doctor and a sleep study, to better understand the nature of your sleeping issues.
If you are in the Los Angeles, CA area, we highly recommend The Breathe Institute for a thorough assessment. They also see clients from across the US via video conferencing.
It's important to make sure you don't have any functional or structural issues, such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, that are the root cause of poor sleep. Also, a number of medical conditions can present as insomnia, so a thorough assessment and diagnosis can rule out other causes of insomnia and help guide an effective treatment plan.
Also have your doctor assess your medication. Often medication can include insomnia as a potential side effect.
HEALTHY SLEEP HABITS
If you want more detailed information on sleep hygiene, please download our free handout.
STRESS, ANXIETY, TRAUMA & SLEEP
There is a clear link between stress, anxiety, trauma and sleep. If you are struggling with stress or anxiety, meditation may be helpful in activating your relaxation response so your body can transition from wake to sleep. If you have experienced trauma, you may need more specialized support from a therapist.
For more information on stress, anxiety, trauma and sleep, and the role of the sympathetic nervous system, please click here.