How you rest is one of the 9 variables in your health. The other 8 being genetic variances, environmental toxins, trauma, what you eat, what you drink, how you exercise, what/how you breathe, and what you think. Rest or sleep is under the influence of the parasympathetic nervous system. Rest and digestion are influenced by the parasympathetic nervous system. If you are having problems with both, it is highly likely that the sympathetic (fight/flight) nervous system is working overtime. Rest and sleep are greatly influenced by your neurotransmitters which are in turn affected by your hormones, nutritional intake, and emotions (what you think).
Generally speaking we are designed to go through 5 different cycles of sleep that each last about 90 minutes. Each cycle is designed to rejuvenate different brain and body functions. The parasympathetic nervous system influences are critical from 10 PM to 2 AM. This 4 hour period is important for healing and rejuvenation. The last cycle of sleep is called delta sleep from approximately hour 6 to hour 7.5. This is when our body moves short term memories to long term storage and the left and right brain synchronize, storing information on one side from small to large and the same information on the other side of the brain from large to small. When we do not get into the delta portion of sleep we become disorganized. This is fairly common in the aging process and can be confused with cognitive decline. We now know that delta stage of sleep is is the time the brain detoxifies. Restoring this delta sleep cycle is critical in the healing, mending, and rejuvenation of the body.
Scientific studies indicate sleep cycles of less than 6 hours or more than 9 hours in adults are counter-productive to longevity, negatively impacting life span to as much as 10 years. We are able to restore better sleep patterns in the vast majority of patients by using nutraceuticals and/or bio-identical hormone supplemention and/or BrainTap technology.
Call our office at 816-210-6913 in Missouri or 813-985-5190 i Florida to schedule a visit to help you sleep better.