Insomnia affects over 90 million people in the U.S.  People aged 60+ are hit the hardest, as up to 60% of them suffer from insomnia.  Women are 2x as likely to be suffering from sleep issues as men.  90% of people with depression also suffer from insomnia.  It is reported that 10 million people in the U.S. take prescription sleep aids.

As you can see in the image, insomnia and sleep deprivation do not just cause you be tired and less productive throughout the day.  Insomnia negatively impacts your health and is associated with all of the major chronic diseases our society faces.  If you suffer from sleep deprivation, you are 27% more likely to be overweight or obese.  Obesity increases your risk of heart disease and cancer.

Are you up at night staring at the clock?

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Insomnia is not caused by a deficiency in sleep medication.  There are many physiologic causes of insomnia, here are a couple:

  • Chronic Stress
  • Nutrient Deficiency
  • Functional Neurologic Disorder (Brain dysfunction)
  • Depression

Dr. John Bartemus is skilled in finding the cause of insomnia and addressing it in a non-drug manner.  Sleep medications such as Ambien can cause depression (creating a vicious cycle since 90% of depressed patients have insomnia), drowsiness, dizziness, headache, suicidal thoughts, aggression, hallucinations, and impaired mental function.

If you want to return to a state of health, proper sleep is a fundamental necessity.  If you cannot sleep, you will not heal and you will develop metabolic disease if your insomnia becomes chronic.  Don’t spend another night staring at the clock, begin your return to a Life At Optimal today by calling the office: 704-895-2240.

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