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Insomnia

Poor sleep is one of the most common and most challenging problems faced by many people in today’s society. There are often many contributing factors including stimulants, anxiety, hormonal imbalances, hypoglycaemia, mineral and vitamin deficiencies and increased urinary frequency.

Symptoms

  • Trouble falling asleep at night
  • Feeling un-refreshed upon waking
  • Tossing and turning during the night
  • Waking up in the night and unable to fall back asleep

Resources

PDF information sheets

Acupuncture (PDF)
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (PDF)
Mindfulness based techniques: Facing Discomfort (PDF)
Mindfulness based techniques: The Breath as Medicine (PDF)
Booklist for Health and Healing (PDF)

Approach

Our approach is to assess everyone individually. A thorough intake will provide us with insight into the emotional climate in the home, nutrition intake, coping strategies used and family medical history.

Solutions

Naturopathic Medicine

Herbs and vitamins/minerals: There are a variety of herbal remedies that have been proven to exert a calming effect on the nervous system, enhancing relaxation and facilitating a restful nights sleep. Herbal remedies are prescribed for the individual depending on the severity and frequency of insomnia.
Mindfulness based techniques The mindfulness based techniques that are taught at Health Momentum can be learned by anyone. These techniques are an excellent way to induce a peaceful calm over the mind and body, increasing the amount of time in REM (deep) sleep.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture is an excellent way of reducing stress and anxiety, which are often primary contributors to poor sleep quality.
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy: As we get older, our hormone levels such as melatonin and progesterone decline, causing a reduction in key hormones that are required for a deep and restful sleep.

Osteopathy

Cranial-Sacral: Cranial-sacral work involves decreasing the activity of the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) allowing the parasympathetic nervous system (restoration and relaxation) to be in control. Increasing the parasympathetic function allows the individual with insomnia to experience decreased stress, anxiety, racing mind, and an overall sense of calm, all of which are essential to getting a restful night’s sleep. As well, this type of approach may be useful in those experiencing jetlag as their bodies try to re-establish its former notion of time after travel.
Internal Organ Correction (Visceral Manipulation): On occasion, visceral (or organ) congestion or complaints can lead to a phenomenon known as “organ knocking”, which is based on the time of night when a person wakes up, or the time of day they experience extreme fatigue and pain. Gentle alignment of the organ and its corresponding neurological connections, helps ease the stress of the “complaining” organ, leading to a more relaxed state of the body and a restful night’s sleep.

Registered Massage Therapy

The neurotransmitters (chemicals in the brain) that promote sleep are very complex. The chemistry of sleep is relevant to massage therapists because massage directly influences the body’s production of a neurotransmitter called serotonin and melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone released by the brain that directs circadian cycles to prepare for sleep.

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