According to the CDC, 50-70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. That’s a lot of people! Insomnia can present in many different ways. Some of these can include daytime sleepiness, irritability, low concentration, headache, depression, and even joint pain.
Needless to say, a human being cannot live or function optimally without a good night’s rest. This is fact. Can you remember how you felt the day after a sleepless night? I can: grumpy, achy, brain fog, demotivated, utterly tired. Now imagine that over a period of months or years. That I don’t want to imagine.
If you don’t sleep well, you don’t feel well, let alone heal well. Interestingly a recent claims-based study found that there was an increased risk of autoimmune diseases in people suffering from chronic insomnia. It’s important to note that this does not imply causality, but rather that there may a link between insomnia and autoimmune diseases.
How to improve sleep quality?
Like any scientist, I like to back up my claims with objective data. As should you by the way. Think for yourself! I’ve included my references for you to read and analyze at your leisure.
If you want to continue learning more about alternative therapies to help ease some of the symptoms that your autoimmune disease may we causing or worsening, you may be interested in learning more about acupuncture or turmeric?
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Gooley JJ, et al. Exposure to room light before bedtime suppresses melatonin onset and shortens melatonin duration in humans. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2011 Mar; 96(3): E463–E472.
Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock: https://www.sleepcycle.com/
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