Why can’t I get a good night’s sleep?

Sleep is so important to our body, mind, and health. It can ease a bad day, give you energy for the next, and even heal you when you are sick. Good quality sleep helps to regulate our metabolism, look and feel our best. Lack of sleep can lead to a foggy mind, anxiety, and make you more accident prone leading to falls, or car accidents. Lack of sleep affects our mood and behaviors. This in turn affects our relationships and our interactions with loved ones, people we work with, and even strangers.

But what can we do when we can’t get to sleep? Or we can’t stay asleep? Or when we don’t wake up feeling rested? What if it evolves into a chronic problem of sleep deprivation?

What is keeping us up at night? Is it business problems or successes? Or is it an unexpected bill or accident? Maybe we have circular thoughts? Maybe we find ourselves in a season of stress or anxiety. But what if this temporary problem becomes a permanent condition? What if? What if?
When we don’t get the quality sleep that we need, everything around us suffers. We can’t be our best if we don’t feel our best. Our Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) is turned on. The SNS is the part of the nervous system that gives our body adrenalin for the flight, flight, freeze, or faun reflex. That cycle needs to be turned off so that the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) can allow the body to be in the rest and digest state of relaxation.
So, what can we do to reset the body? How many of us have tried chamomile tea? Counting sheep? Meditation? Or maybe this has been going for so long that we have gone to our physician and tried sleeping pills? Now there are new regulations on these pills and you are only allowed to get so many a month. What are you supposed to do for the rest of those nights? What if your problem is waking up in the middle of the night and you are too late to take a pill, because you know you will negatively affect your morning?

Many people have found success within nature to help them regain control of their sleep issues. Sometimes just sitting down with a good book and a cup of hot chamomile tea before bed can do the trick. Other times it is investing ten to twenty minutes with a guided meditation before bed. Or starting a gentle yoga habit before bed. Another option is taking a warm bath, and lighting some candles. Or maybe during the day you can take time to work out and get in a ‘good sweat session.’ There are many options that are available that can help you regain control over your sleepless nights! However, if you find that these options aren’t “strong” enough for your particular situation there are other alternatives! You can find a great dry needling physical therapist who is trained to treat Vagas Nerve hyperstimulation, or you can try ear seeding. We all know that nature is best, and there are many solutions to treat your condition.

At A Total Healing Solution, I Dr. Heather Setzenfand, and trained to treat Vagas Nerve hyperstimulation help to use your own body to heal and find remedies through nature. As a Dry Needling Physical Therapist, I place needles or ear seeds on the ear to address the Vagas Nerve. These specific locations allow the body to naturally shift the body from a sympathetic cycle into a parasympathetic cycle. As an herbalist I can offer a services and products that can help break this cycle