Find yourself waking up between 3-4am — perhaps a little anxious, or in a puddle of sweat — on an occasional or recurring basis? While some causes are related to hormonal balance concerns, in this week’s ‘kitchen table talk’, I would like to address sources within your dietary habits, and how they may factor into this trend.
This can empower you with managing the effects of dietary habits upon sleep patterns.
Habits such as a high-starch dinner, high starch/fruit/sugar-based snacks, and wine or spirits in the evening can contribute to the increased overnight liver activity in processing carbohydrates (or alcohol) into glucose.
Glucose is the simplest unit of sugar, which comes from any plant, nut/seed or grain; Any foodstuff that is not animal flesh contains variably-complex (or simple) carbohydrates, with variable protein and fat composition.
The key here is the “complexity” of the carbohydrate; The longer the chain of carbons, the longer and more sustained energy it will provide with a slower rate at which glucose (sugar) enters the blood stream. Glucose is then taken-in by cells for metabolic energy or converted for storage in the liver (future use). Any glucose that is not utilized for activity or stored in the liver will be converted into fat.
Sometimes, diet composition is not the singular “cause” of sleep disruption. The Central Nervous System and Endocrine hormones are intricately intertwined to sustain all of our coordinated cellular metabolism and normal function, which requires a more specialized approach to remedy.
Sleep patterns are directly related to these hormonal imbalances, that evolve from numerous potential factors — more than can be mentioned here in a simple post. It is within this NeuroEndocrine relationship that is where we seek to normalize this “higher, brain-to-hormone” control center of cellular metabolism and sleep patterns.
Applying Integrative medical approaches via University-based clinical study and post-graduate work in England and France, we tailor remedies to these hormonal imbalances; We provide what the body requires to restore normal hormonal production pathways, regulation and overall function. We prepare unmatched-quality organic whole plant extracts — not factory-made — onsite at our Clinic for Herbal Medicine on Mendham Road in Gladstone.
Your medical history is uniquely Yours; Shouldn’t its care be expertly tailored to You?