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Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders have been implicated as risk factors in a number of health problems.

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Working With You For Better Sleep

Sleep deprivation, whether due to a reduced quantity of sleep or a disturbed quality of sleep, affects a variety of essential functions and hormone balances, and contributes to an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. It affects general mental functioning, in particular, daytime alertness, memory functions and decreased learning ability.

There is some recent evidence that sleep deprivation also depresses the immune system which means the body is less able to fight off viruses and infections.

As we grow older sleep becomes lighter and more interrupted and other factors might impact on our ability to get that “good” night’s sleep.

It is not unusual to wake up during the night. Partly as a result of lower melatonin levels, sleep becomes more shallow, fragmented and variable in duration with age. The ageing bladder can contribute a couple of awakenings each night. In women hot flushes may occur at night and cause awakenings. Alcohol before bedtime causes fragmented and possibly disturbed sleep.

Treatment for Insomnia or Broken Sleep

Melatonin is a hormone that is primarily produced by the pineal gland, in the brain. Melatonin regulates the sleep-wake cycle, inducing sleep, shortening the time it takes to fall asleep, and aiding a faster onset of deep sleep and REM sleep. As a person ages, melatonin production falls. Research suggest that melatonin supplements can help in treating sleep disorders such as delayed sleep phase and providing relief from insomnia and jet lag.

At Meyer Clinic, we treat many people suffering with insomnia and other sleep disorders, working with them to get to the root of the problem.

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