Sleep & Energy
Good sleep and great energy are directly related. A good night’s sleep is the foundation for overall wellness. Sleep is where your body repairs itself, replenishes the body’s organ systems.
Lifestyle factors that can disrupt sleep include diet, alcohol, stress hormones (cortisol), neurotransmitter imbalances and various medical conditions.
Interestingly, evidence shows that sleep may be the missing factor for many people who are struggling to lose weight.
Poor sleep is a major risk factor for high blood pressure, weight gain and obesity and accelerates the aging process. If you’re trying to lose weight, the amount of sleep you get may be just as important as your diet and exercise. Unfortunately, many people aren’t getting enough sleep. In fact, about 30% of adults are sleeping fewer than six hours most nights, according to a study of US adults.
Targeted Functional Medicine lab testing and personalized treatment can help restore a regular sleep pattern.
Stress and poor sleep are major causes of low energy. At least 75% of all visits to the doctor are for stress-related symptoms. Chronic stress is thought to be the underlying cause of most Western illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. However, stress often shows up as, exhaustion, muscle aches, chronic fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, weight gain, brain fog, and more. Chronic stress may lead to adrenal fatigue, neurotransmitter imbalances, hormone imbalances, digestive disturbances. Other health issues such as thyroid imbalance, micronutrient deficiencies and mitochondrial dysfunction can also sontribute to low energy.
Functional Medicine and specialty lab testing can get to the root of low energy.