While we often think our brains do most of their work while awake and active, that may not be the case. Your brain and body perform many complex and vital tasks while you sleep. When you do not sleep well, you lose this valuable time, and your brain never gets a chance to restore itself fully. Naturopathic medicine can restore your peaceful, deep sleep without medications or side effects.
During sleep, the brain and body perform vital maintenance and repair after the day’s stressors. Your body undergoes cellular repair and processes toxins. Your brain goes through cycles of REM (rapid eye movement) and non-REM sleep. REM makes up about 25% of your sleep time. You have dreams during this time, which may play a significant role in processing and understanding thoughts, ideas, and feelings. Poor sleep leads to drowsiness and fatigue but can also cause serious physical health issues.
Many factors in our stressful modern lives can lead to sleep issues. Important culprits include:
Traditional doctors often prescribe sleep medications without addressing why you have not been sleeping well. A naturopathic physician like Dr. Cutler will assess all the factors affecting your sleep and develop a treatment plan.
Naturopathic medicine treats sleep problems by evaluating how your sleep habits and lifestyle may affect the quality and quantity of your nighttime rest. Dr. Cutler customizes a treatment plan that helps you achieve the sleep you need without medications. Your treatment plan may include:
Too much time looking at screens before bed has been associated with difficulty falling asleep. Heavy meals, naps during the day, and alcohol can also affect your sleep. Develop a soothing sleep routine that tells your brain that bedtime is coming.
Maintain your sleep environment to keep you as comfortable as possible. A cool room without excess noise or light will help you sleep better. This can even include the small but bright lights from electronics in the bedroom.
Because naturopathic medicine focuses on the whole person, not just physical symptoms, Dr. Cutler will help you learn techniques to manage stress. You may also be able to eliminate some sources of stress from your lifestyle or at least put them aside for the night.
As a naturopathic physician, Dr. Cutler goes beyond the basics and looks further at hormone, nutrient, brain balance, and other imbalances can dramatically affect your sleep patterns. Dr. Cutler will recommend the appropriate tests to get to the root cause and help you to feel better fast.
Many people struggle with sleep and turn to over-the-counter or prescription medications, which in turn can cause more problems and imbalance. If you want better sleep without the drugs, naturopathic medicine can help. Because naturopathic doctors consider all factors and help you manage them, you can build sleep habits that give you a good rest every night.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Doug Cutler and his team of expert naturopathic providers to learn more about natural 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.