How to Get More Sleep?


052112_hn_sleep_640Are you constantly feeling tired, irritable and low? You could be suffering from a burnout.

Sleep is the #1 catalyst to me having a good day or a bad one. My body is just learning to function again, and lack of sleep can send me into a tailspin of fatigue that will take me out for at least one entire day.

I also monitor the sleep of my clients closely. Deep healing cannot occur without functional sleep.

More than 30% of adults have trouble sleeping and receive less sleep than the recommended 7 to 9 hours per night.

Although nearly one third of the population suffers from sleep ailments, most choose to ignore the problem and just endure it. But after suffering through drowsy days and frustrating nights, a lack of sleep leads to difficulty focusing which can have hazardous results.

Even worse, those experiencing an insufficiency of sleep are prone to bodily diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity.


Instead of suffering through restless nights, finding a way to ensure necessary hours of sleep can add years to your life.

Sleep Disorders

Trouble sleeping can also stem from an actual disorder such as insomnia, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy, or sleep apnea.

If any of these symptoms sound familiar, they are all legitimate sicknesses, and you should probably consult your doctor or find a primary care physician to help.

(Note from Jennifer: While sleep apnea and narcolepsy need to be monitored closely, a qualified holistic practitioner can often help you reverse these conditions. Restless leg syndrome and insomnia are often a result of chronic nutrient deficiencies and can be corrected with diet, digestion, and nutrient supplementation.)

Insomnia, the most common sleep disorder, is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. In many cases, insomnia is due to an underlying health related issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, or a deeper health condition.

Common symptoms include frequently waking up at night, sleep feeling light or fragmented, needing sleeping pills to fall asleep, daytime drowsiness, or difficulty falling asleep.

Restless leg syndrome is the leg’s urge to twitch while falling asleep. While many adults experience this at one time or another, if the twitching becomes severe enough it actually hinders sleep and becomes a disorder.

Narcolepsy involves excessive or uncontrollable sleepiness. This actually stems from a dysfunction with the brain’s ability to awaken and sleep.


Symptoms include:

•hallucinations before fully falling asleep

•loss of muscle control

•dreaming as soon as fully asleep

•feeling paralyzed and unable to move when waking or dozing

Sleep apnea is another disorder where the body temporarily stops breathing due to upper airway blockages. Because the pauses in breathing interrupt sleep, most people awake each hour and are exhausted the next day.

Symptoms can occur such as:

•chronic snoring

•pauses in breathing during sleep

•gasping or choking during sleep

•feeling exhausted after waking and sleeping

•waking up with shortness of breath, headaches, or chest pains



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