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Feb 15, 2021

Sleep disorders and mental health
Sleep disorders and mental health are closely connected. For example, problems sleeping can often be due to stress, anxiety, worry, muscle tension, poor self-esteem, perfectionism and low confidence. Conversely, poor sleep can affect your mental health and general wellbeing. It can impact on your quality of life, mood, productivity, and physical health.

Insomnia, a chronic sleep disorder, is connected to anxiety and depression with many anxious patients suffering sleep issues, and poor sleep increasing the risk of day-time anxiety. In adolescents, poor sleep has been linked to repetitive negative thinking and a higher risk for depression. Fortunately your Practitioner can help you improve your sleep with a range of holistic treatments from diet, lifestyle to herbal medicine.

Sleep disorders and insomnia can affect your mental health. Diet, lifestyle and herbal treatments can help improve your sleep.

Natural support for better sleep
There are a number of dietary, lifestyle and herbal treatments available for improving insomnia and poor sleep. One main area is focusing on your mental health. By taking the time to address and resolve problems or worries of the day you may find it easier to fall asleep.

Lifestyle interventions to improve sleep issues and insomnia include quitting smoking, which can have a positive benefit on sleep as smoking increases sleep disturbances and insomnia. Other strategies include:
• Reducing caffeine and alcohol consumption
• Regular exercise
• Stress management techniques such as mindfulness
• Good sleep hygiene and regular sleep routines
• Yoga
• Massage

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is common for the treatment of insomnia and can be a useful adjunct to dietary, lifestyle and herbal treatment.

Herbal medicine for sleep and stress
Herbal extracts used to treat sleep issues, stress and anxiety include:
Melissa officinalis (Lemon balm) reduces insomnia, stress and anxiety. Lemon balm also helps improve mood, attention and stress-related gastrointestinal symptoms.
Passiflora incarnata (Passionflower) is used for nervousness, anxiety, and sleep issues.
• Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has calming and sedative actions.
• Plant-derived melatonin is useful for helping to reset sleep/wake cycles that have become out of balance.



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