Trouble Sleeping?

Posted On : April 27, 2016 shutterstock_409826062

Sleep, anxiety, and depression have become the fastest growing symptom I am see with patients. It seems as if every patitne that walks through my doors has these symptoms.

It’s super frustrating to be exhausted and know that you you’re body needs to sleep, but be able to get a good night’s sleep.

If you are having challenges sleeping, there are several reasons for it.

1. Your adrenals are fatigued

The adrenals secrete a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol gives you energy to handle a stressful event. Cortisol also plays an important roll in balancing blood sugar. If your blood sugar gets low, your adrenals will kick in and release cortisol to elevate your blood sugar and prevent your brain from being deprived of the glucose it needs to function properly.

There are two things that kill the adrenals; long periods of stress and high consumption of sugar.

With a high stressed life and a daily sugar habit, your adrenals are working overtime. A classic symptom of adrenal exhaustion is not enough energy during the day and waking up at 2-3am at night. The reason you wake up at this time is that your blood sugar goes low, and so the adrenals protect the brain and release cortisol to bring your blood sugar back up. This surge of cortisol will often happen around 2 or 3 am.

The solution: First, have a small amount of protein and good fat right before you go to bed. This will stabilize your blood sugar and not cause the adrenals to react at 2am. Second solution, take an adrenal supplement during the day and 5-HTP at before you go to bed. One of my favorite daily adrenal supplement is Loving Energy put out by Bioray and  5-HTP supplement is Sleep and Mood Formula by Maximized Living. See links below or call my office manager 408-298-8092 to have them shipped to you.

2. Your gut is damaged

I know. I sound like a broken record. But the gut plays such a huge part in your overall health. The gut produces important neurotransmitters that cause you to relax and go to sleep. One of those neurotransmitters is called GABA.

GABA tells your body to relax. If the micro biome of your gut is out of balance, meaning you have more bad bacteria than good, you will not naturally produce enough of this helpful neurotransmitter.

The solution: First, increase fermented foods such as kimchi and sauerkraut. Both of these foods have small amounts of GABA in them and also will replenish your micorbiome and allow your body to make proper amounts of GABA. Second, supplement with GABA. My favorite is Adrenal Calm by Maximized Living.

3. Your pituitary is packed with toxins

What? My pituitary????  I know this is a confusing concept. But your pituitary plays a crucial roll in balancing your hormones. It will have a dramatic effect on your adrenals. If you are trying to reduce your stress, you’ve cut way back on sugar, and yet you are still not sleeping well, there is a good chance your pituitary is at play here.

Toxins like mercury and lead damage the cells of your pituitary. Where do you get these heavy metals from? Almost everywhere, but the biggest is your amalgam fillings, flu shots, drinking water, paint in an old house to name a few.

The solution: do a heavy metal detox. This is a much more complicated process and you need to be coached through it. But pulling heavy metals out of your body will dramatically change your health. Especially if you are having trouble sleeping, depressed, or weight loss resistant.

If you are having trouble sleeping and suspect your adrenals, gut, and pituitary are damaged come to our next RESET DINNER on May 5th.  I will tell you how to repair these three systems and get you sleeping thought the night again. RSVP to this email and well hold you a spot.

Hope that helps! Reach out if you need anything from us. Me and my team are here to support you and cheer you on. Lean on us. We want you to be living in the healthy body you were born to live in.

Have an amazing day!

Dr. Mindy