Whether you’re part of the 30-35% of people who suffer short-term symptoms (less than 3 months), or the 10% who have a chronic disorder (at least 3 times a week for 3+ months), you’ll know how lack of sleep can truly impact every aspect of your life.
Needless to say, insomnia can affect more than just the individual who is suffering – partners, close family members, or those sharing living space with an insomniac can also be subject to the effects of this frustrating disorder. These issues especially arise within a household of normal-sleepers and a society of timetabled and unforgiving work-by-day, sleep-by-night mindsets.
Because of this, it’s understandable that people seek immediate relief in the form of sleeping pills and other medication.
However, prescriptions for sleep can be severely damaging to one’s health. It is also not uncommon to become dependent on sleep medication-I see this in my practice as well as Central Drug patients on a daily basis.
What Are The Alternatives?
Functional medicine takes into account lifestyle factors that may be contributing to health issues, such as insomnia. This means not just aiming to reverse the physical or psychological manifestations of it, but getting to the source of the problem. In other words –diving deep instead of simply writing a potentially additive prescription. Every illness has different underlying causes, it makes no sense to treat every patient with generically mass-produced drugs that are not guaranteed to solve the problem!
Functional healthcare treats insomnia by analyzing what could be contributing to the development of patients’ struggles and ensuring methods are put in place to reduce the likelihood of their issues worsening.
There is no ‘one size fits all’ treatment that will work against insomnia. Encouraging patients to analyze and recognize their unique triggers is a key part of a functional evaluation. Functional medicine techniques for insomnia have proven successful in lowering the frequency and intensity of sleep-deprivation. Practitioners work to guide patients through identifying their triggers as well as appropriate treatment measures for their unique health needs.
Tea has been used for centuries by holistic healers for its medicinal qualities. Incorporating chamomile tea into your nightly routine can greatly boost the likelihood of restful sleep.
Chamomile has natural soothing qualities which calm and balance out the nervous system, helping to lower cortisol levels (the ‘stress’ hormone) and return the body to a state of rest. This is ideal for cultivating deep sleep.
At Central Drug, expect something unique. We aren’t your average “drugstore,” we offer you a collaborative, science -based approach to medicine that focuses on the individual and optimal health. From compounding, probiotics, and hormone replacement therapy (HRT), we take a unique, patient focused approach that helps us meet the gold standard of success: helping you get better. Whether you live in Katy, Corpus Christi, Rockport, Wharton, Sugarland, Gonzales, Port Lavaca, La Grange, Kingsville, Raymondville, Harlingen, Hallettsville, or Seguin, our team of company experts can help!