How Can I Improve My Sleep?

How long has it been since you got a whole night of uninterrupted sleep? Many people find that the pressures of our complex modern lives leave them awake and thinking late into the night. If you have sleep concerns, a naturopathic physician like Dr. Cutler can help you sleep well again. You can fall asleep and sleep well throughout the night without medications by changing your sleep environment and treating underlying causes of sleeplessness such as anxiety. 

Why is Good Sleep Important?

Most people have heard about the importance of sleep in giving your mind and body a chance to recover and rejuvenate. During sleep, the brain goes through several stages. You spend about 75% of your sleep in a non-REM stage where the mind rests, and the body goes through its nightly routine of balancing hormone levels and repairing damaged tissues from the day’s activities. You spend about 25% in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. During this phase, you dream, a process thought to let the brain process thoughts, ideas, and emotions. REM sleep may also be vital to learning and keeping the brain primed to learn more effectively. 

How Can I Improve My Sleep?

Dr. Cutler will develop a customized treatment plan for you that focuses on sleep hygiene. During the day and at bedtime, your environment and behaviors have a powerful effect on how well you sleep. Good sleep hygiene recommendations may include:

  • Try to go to sleep and get up at a consistent time, even on weekends
  • Avoid too much napping during the day
  • Dim bright lights for an hour before bed
  • Stop using electronics half an hour to an hour before bedtime
  • Maintain a consistent bedtime routine to tell your mind to prepare for sleep

A naturopathic physician may also suggest calming, balancing practices such as stretching, mindful meditation, or breathing exercises as part of your bedtime preparations.

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What Happens Without Enough Sleep?

Most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night to reap the full benefits. If that sounds like more sleep than you ever have time for, you have many reasons to start carving out a niche in your schedule. Chronic lack of sleep can cause:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Decreased libido
  • Diabetes
  • Impaired memory
  • Poor problem-solving abilities
  • Slow response times

Why See a Naturopathic Physician for Your Sleep Concerns?

Traditional medical doctors may recommend steps like avoiding electronics before bed, but they often jump to prescribing sleep medications when this does not work. These do not help you achieve a truly restorative sleep and often leave you feeling groggy and tired. A naturopathic physician focuses on the entire person, and root cause, so your treatment plan may include stress management. It may also use nutritional supplements and herbal or homeopathic treatments. 

Take the Next Step

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Doug Cutler and his team of expert naturopathic providers to learn more about sleep. Call us at (248) 663-0165 today! Cutler Integrative Medicine is dedicated to your health and well-being. 

Cutler Integrative Medicine is a premier award-winning wellness clinic that provides patients with unparalleled individualized naturopathic healthcare. Dr. Doug Cutler is a nationally renowned expert in Naturopathic medicine and has the highest training in his field, as well as in Environmental Medicine, IV Nutrient Therapy, and Detoxification. His ClubIV™ is one of the most extensive IV Nutrient Clinics in the country.

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