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Insomnia Questions Keeping You up at Night?

Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep, difficulty staying asleep, waking early and unable to return to sleep or some combination of these, despite ample opportunity for adequate sleep. Approximately 30% of adults suffer from insomnia of some type, and when this is ongoing, it can lead to a myriad of additional symptoms including depression or anxiety, weight gain, hypertension, heart disease and, of course, fatigue and slowed reaction time. Due to its common nature, as well as its far-reaching consequences, this condition is one of the most asked about topics when providers call the lab to discuss cases. We’ve read more…

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Keys to a restful night: Integrative strategies to optimize sleep onset and efficiency

James Greenblatt, M.D.

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At least 60 million Americans experience sleeplessness to a point that they seek support. This accounts for an estimated $16 billion in medical costs each year. read more…

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The Role of Cortisol in Sleep

Tori Hudson, ND, and Bradley Bush, ND

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The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis interacts with sleep in multiple ways. This article reviews the effects of the HPA axis on sleep and the converse. The hormones secreted by the hypothalamus and anterior pituitary that interact with the adrenal cortex are discussed, with implications on sleep disturbances and insomnia. A review of the stages of sleep and sleep architecture is given, and particular attention is paid to the role of cortisol. A dysfunctional HPA and alterations in the rhythm of cortisol production is described as a basis for understanding many cases of insomnia. read more…

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