Face it – most of us have too much on our plates. We are stressed out not only by our jobs but also our financial situation, relationships, children and our health. Over time, without some form of treatment, this will lead to a decrease in the available pool of cortisol and other stress hormones that should be on standby to help in these stressful situations. The majority of patients who come see me in my practice have an underproduction of cortisol and other adrenal hormones, sometimes called “adrenal fatigue.”
One of the worst consequences of adrenal fatigue is the inability to mount a healthy response to stressful situations. Sufferers become paralyzed during stressful events, unable to cope with any more stressing inputs. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue can include low energy, need for naps, depression, pain or inflammation, insomnia or other sleep disturbances, poor memory or concentration (like ADHD), weight gain (usually around the mid-section), hair loss, palpitations and even menstrual cycle irregularities.
Alternative practitioners, like naturopathic physicians (NMD’s) are trained in viewing insomnia from a whole different viewpoint. Rather than treat your insomnia by giving you a prescription medication that will cause all of the above listed side effects, they get to the root of what is actually causing your insomnia and use natural therapies to help you sleep better.