By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC, and Maria Cummings
It can be so frustrating when you need to sleep like a baby but you can’t! Being frustrated can cause even the sweetest person to be cranky. There are many reasons why someone may not be able to fall asleep, but when it becomes chronic, then it becomes a problem. No need to reach for addictive sleeping pills, just need to find out- What is Keeping You Up at Night?
There are a few things that can make or break your sleep. For example, if you are drinking caffeine late in the day or into the evening, or sleeping too much in the daytime chances are you will not be able to get adequate sleep at night. Sometimes, you have to create a sleep time routine click here to read about 5 Ways to Get a Great Night’s Sleep, for ideas. Other times, it may seem that no matter how much to prepare yourself for bedtime, you still can not sleep- it is a bummer I know, but there is still hope!
What else could be causing you to be up wired at night when you should be sleeping like a baby?
The answer could be adrenal hormones. For the people who are unable to rest or sleep, they could have high levels of cortisol which is in direct correlation to the adrenals and can rob a person of satisfying sleep.
Neurotransmitters can be another reason why you are up at night. Epinephrine and norepinephrine aka as adrenaline will definitely work against your Z’s. Both are excitatory neurotransmitters.
Elevated levels of epinephrine are often associated with hyperactivity, ADHD, anxiety, sleep issues, and low adrenal function. Over time, chronic stress and stimulation can deplete epinephrine stores leading to difficulty concentrating, fatigue, depression, insufficient cortisol production, chronic stress, poor recovery from illness, dizziness and more.
High levels of norepinephrine are often linked to anxiety, stress, elevated blood pressure, and hyperactivity, whereas low levels are associated with lack of energy, focus, and motivation.
stores leading to difficulty concentrating, fatigue, depression, insufficient cortisol production, chronic stress, poor recovery from illness, dizziness and more.
Gaba and serotonin are the opposite of epinephrine and norepinephrine. Both GABA and serotonin help promote relaxation and sleep. Being low in GABA and serotonin OR having high levels of epinephrine and norepinephrine is a sure way to having sleep problems.
That is why testing cortisol levels and neurotransmitters are so important for sleep and overall health! Thankfully, You can test for both by ordering our Cortisol Test Kit and our Neurotransmitter Test Kit! After all, there is almost nothing better than a good night’s sleep!
To check your neurotransmitters, click here!
To check your cortisol levels, click here!
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Medical disclaimer: Our Neurotransmitter Test Kits, Cortisol Test Kits and all tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.