According to the Sleep Wellness Institute more than 100 million Americans suffer from some type of sleeping disorder. The majority suffers from insomnia, approximately 60 million, but there are many factors that play a role in your inability to sleep and some may not be that obvious.
Consider these Factors that Affect Sleep:
- Geobiological Energy
- Geopathic Stress
- Mental or Emotional Stress
- Food & Chemical Stressors
- Hormone Imbalance
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Let’s first understand the meaning of Geobiological Energy and Geopathic Stress. Geopathic Stress can include sleep disorders, tingling, numbness, and chronic fatigue, pain in arms or legs and frequent headaches.
Geobiology is the study of the influence of “earth energies” on all forms of life. The earth is threaded with energy lines, invisible energy that passes through all matter. It has a powerful influence on all living things. Man is an electromagnetic creature with every cell in the living system an electrical battery. The electrical system is reflected in the human aura which is photographable. Have you ever had someone tell you that you have a nice aura?
If you want to be sure that the area you live or work in is clear of “geopathic stress” or energy zones you can map out the negative lines in your house or work place and show direction of flow and intersecting points. It’s very similar to Feng Shui or energy balancing. You can move furniture around or change the direction in which you sleep to improve energy.
Various underground formations such as subterranean water currents, mineral deposits or a fault line can emit specific electromagnetic fields that can be harmful. If your house is located in a Geopathic stress area then you need to find out to protect your health. If your bed is located above an underwater current, all your body can do is try hard to keep basic balance. It will not have enough energy to focus on resting, getting sleep or reenergizing.
When you map out the lines these intersecting or crossing points are the most dangerous to your health. It’s toxic to our system and can cause stress. The common cure is to move your bed or chairs off cross points. You can also place a rod into the ground to intersect and bounce the energy – like acupuncture.
To find out if your house is in a “geopathic stress” area you can do it yourself with dowsing using a pendulum. The pendulum will help you figure out the energy flow in your house. You can also hire a professional dowser. Some common house systems are constant water leaks, cold & damp areas, or a restless energy in your bedroom.
Mental and/or Emotional Stress
Stressful life events are closely associated with the onset of chronic insomnia. Insomnia due to mental illness is the most common diagnostic. If you suffer from chronic insomnia please visit a mental health professional for treatment and relaxation techniques. Our first sleep blog lists some relaxation techniques.
Food and Chemical Stressors
This can be food, beverage or pills. If you have a drink with caffeine it’s a stimulant. Alcohol can disrupt sleep. Nicotine can increase your heart rate, sugar will give you short term energy and then you crash. It’s crucial to eat a balanced diet to minimize chemical stress. Try not to drink anything with alcohol or caffeine after 8pm.
Hormonal imbalance is more common than you may think and the factors that cause this are more prevalent in Women. Factors include thyroid, diabetes, even birth control. Estrogen – Oftentimes, estrogen deficiency can cause sleep disturbances mainly due to night sweats and hot flashes. Lack of sleep, a poor diet and little to no exercise can also throw your hormones out of whack.
It’s crucial to recognize the symptoms and get treatment. Some symptoms of hormonal imbalance are anxiety, insomnia, hot flashes and night sweats. Hormonal imbalance can be the underlying reason why you have trouble sleeping. Whether your trouble sleeping involves insomnia, difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently, or you wake up not feeling refreshed despite a full night’s sleep, correcting hormonal imbalance could be the key to getting back into a regular pattern of energizing sleep.
Why Your Thyroid Matters – In addition to giving people more energy and regulating your metabolism, thyroid hormone also improves the quality of sleep, allowing you to spend more time in the deep phases of sleep. Thyroid hormone is also beneficial in helping those who wake up frequently during the night from snoring or sleep apnea.
If you have any of these hormonal imbalance symptoms please speak with a health care professional who can recommend treatment: medicine or change of lifestyle.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Whether you survived a traumatic event or witnessed one you could suffer from post traumatic stress disorder which can affect your life. It’s a constant worry or fear from whatever traumatic experience you went through that keeps you up at night. Nightmares or bad dreams can also cause restless sleep. Maybe times for survivors it’s hard not to feel helpless.
Seeing your health care professional is an important first step. But you can take actions to help yourself cope as you continue with treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. The Mayo Clinic recommends:
Take care of yourself. Get enough rest, eat a balanced diet, exercise and take time to relax. Avoid caffeine and nicotine, which can worsen anxiety.
Don’t self-medicate. Turning to alcohol or drugs to numb your feelings isn’t healthy. It can lead to more problems down the road and prevent real healing.
Break the cycle. When you feel anxious, take a brisk walk or jump into a hobby to re-focus.
Talk to someone. Stay connected with supportive and caring family, friends or others. You don’t have to talk about what happened, if you don’t want to. Just sharing time with loved ones can offer healing and comfort.
Consider a support group. Many communities have support groups geared to specific situations. Ask your health care professional for help finding one, look in your local phone book or contact your community’s social services system.
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