Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Can't Stay Asleep?

The first place I go when a client tells me that they are waking up at night to go to the bathroom is to their diet. What have you eaten at dinner and or prior to going to bed.? If you like to eat simple carbohydrates like rice, potatoes, bread, cereal, etc for dinner or prior to bed then that may be the problem. Simple carbs turn to sugar in the blood stream (so this applies if you have a sweetened desert as well) which in turn makes you need to go pee sometime during the night. Stop eating these foods before bed or at dinner and try eating 2-3 oz of lean protein about a half hour to an hour prior to bed. This should keep you sleeping and not make you have to get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Indigestion: if you are getting heart burn in the middle of the night. Diet is likely the problem. Call, write, or email me for more info on this one.

Liquor, drugs, pharmaceutical substances: these will wake you up. Limit as much as possible for better sleep.

Night sweats: If you are very hot at night or sweating profusely, look to the obvious first: remove blankets (adjust for the seasons) wear lighter sleep clothes and avoid eating simple carbs/ sugary foods prior to bed. If you have exercised vigorously, take a cool shower prior to bed to take the heat out of your body. After you have tried all of this, you may be looking at a hormonal imbalance. Contact me for a personalized consultation.

Anxiety: this is really a symptom of stress and unresolved issues in your life. Often mediation and regular exercise can take care of this but if not, contact me.

Trouble Breathing: This is a medical issue and is often related to obesity. The breathing machines can help but the root cause is often obesity. There are many non-surgical methods for losing weight and keeping it off. They are less expensive and less trouble in the long run. I have many resources here. Contact me.

Many of these symptoms are actually challenges of living with a Sympathetic Dominant system. Structural Integration has been shown to bring the nervous system closer to sympathetic/ parasympathetic balance. Contact me for a complimentary personalized strategy session to get you on the right path to better sleep.

Call me today at (949) 375-7278 or email me at manny@therolfworkshop.com.

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