Are you one of those people who can rarely get a decent night’s sleep? Do you then feel washed out and experience brain fog the following day?
Insomnia is defined as either difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, early waking or waking tired in the morning. When these symptoms occur at least 3–4 times per week and persist for at least one month, people will often notice some type of daytime impairment.
Current statistics reveal that one in three people suffer from some type of insomnia during their lifetime. About 50% of Americans suffer from sleeplessness due to anxiety and/or stress. Older Americans have an increased rate of insomnia, especially, if they suffer from co-existing chronic illnesses. Women suffer from sleep problems twice as often than men; this is aggravated at the onset or after menopause. Approximately 10 million Americans take prescription sleeping medications. 35% of folks with insomnia have a family history of it.
It is crucial that insomnia be...
Don’t you dread it when the flowers start to bloom and buds come up each spring? You know you’ll have those dreaded allergies again this year! Or perhaps you’re one of the unfortunate ones that have allergies all year round? Don’t you just hate the constant sneezing and wiping your nose? Then, at night, you can’t breathe at all because your nose is plugged badly.
Every spring my patient complained of sneezing attacks, nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy eyes and throat, post-nasal drip, and frequent throat clearing. Her fatigue was unbearable and she had dark circles under her eyes. She had already gone to her doctor for a skin test and an IgE antibody blood test which revealed that she was allergic to dust mites and various types of pollen. Occasionally, she would even develop a sinus infection.
She’s tried anti-histamines, nasal steroids, decongestants, antibiotics and allergy shots with mixed results. Unfortunately, some of these medications...