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Orange Clinic of Natural Medicine Can Help with Insomnia

Friday 21 December 2018, 12:50PM
By Beckie Wright
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Naturopathy clinic Orange Clinic of Natural Medicine says sleep issues can affect the immune, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine and digestive system and also affect mental clarity and acuity. Their holistic treatment options assist clients who have some form of sleep disturbance.

Naturopaths at Orange Clinic believe chronic sleep issues need to be taken very seriously. One of the emerging causes of poor sleep correlates with increased smartphone and tablet use, as these devices interfere with restorative sleep. The blue light emitted by smartphones and tablets simulates daylight, inhibiting the brain’s production of melatonin, the hormone that helps human beings fall asleep and stay asleep.

Treatment strategies at Orange Clinic involve identifying the primary and secondary causes of sleep disturbance. A referral at the clinic will include a comprehensive assessment of lifestyle factors that could interfere with sleep patterns. These could include too much noise, consumption of caffeine or alcohol before bed, irregular bedtimes, medications that disrupt sleep, kidney or bladder disorders, depression, anxiety, stress or worry.

Orange Clinic of Natural Medicine believes minds and bodies can recover quickly from the odd sleepless night. However, missing a few nights in a row or getting less than six hours per night on a regular basis can affect physical health drastically. While a thorough investigation from the clinic is ideal for treatment, they provide some simple tips to improve sleep habits on their website.

They advocate going to bed at a regular time. It is best to wind down by turning off electronics and wifi an hour before going to bed. A relaxing bath or shower before bed with essential oils of chamomile or lavender can help remove the day’s stress. Sipping on tea with blends of chamomile, passionflower, hops, and valerian are excellent sleep aids. It is best to eat at least three hours before bedtime and it is best to avoid big meals. To clear the mind meditation will be beneficial.

Orange Clinic also has natural sleep herb formula that can help with sleep. Magnesium and Melatonin, taken an hour before bed, is also very helpful to help induce a deeper more restorative sleep and lengthen the sleep cycle. If there is too much noise pollution investing in earplugs or using white noise can drown it out.  Gentle exercise two hours before bed can help relieve stress and tension aiding sleep onset.

Libby Adams is one of the naturopaths at Orange Clinic. She has extensive experience in natural herbal medicine and treatments.  She is a professional naturopath and medical herbalist consultant who has worked in the field of natural and complimentary medicine for 10 years.  The clinic also provides phone and Skype consultations. They are also available for consultations on acute conditions.

For more information on allergy testing, naturopathy, alternative medicine, acne treatment,   reflux treatment and more, visit https://www.orangehealth.co.nz/