Nutrition Health

The secret reason for your insomnia

The secret reason for your insomnia

Nikki Gray


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DEHYDRATION 

Dehydration causes a rise in your heart rate, headaches, body and muscles aches, all things that leave you uncomfortable and unable to sleep comfortably and efficiently. Being dehydrated can also cause anxiety. Yes those racing thoughts before bed could be the result of not getting the water your body needs. Additionally dehydration can lead to a melatonin deficiency which is also a leading cause for insomnia. Many Americans suffer from chronic dehydration and have symptoms that they have no idea is caused by not getting enough fluids. It can even lead to diseases such as diverticulitis. 

8 cups of water is recommended a day. But do you really absorb or get the benefits from those 8 cups even if you do consume them everyday? There are many factors that can cause you to lose water rapidly and/or dehydrate you. Below is a list:

Not drinking enough water, especially if you are very extremely active and sweat excessively

Consuming too much coffee and or sodas

You drink alcohol regularly

You take any herbal cleanses or laxatives

Sinus medications IE Advil Cold and Sinus, Mucinex, Sudafed etc.

You are on a prescribed medication. Countless medications can dehydrate you so it's best to look up your medicine and see if it does. There are many trusted lists online.

Diet pills, diuretics

You consume large amounts or sugar

You are diabetic. High blood sugar levels cause increased urination and loss of fluid.

Diarrhea and vomiting

Being in a area of high altitude

You have food allergies and digestive issues

You have an illness such as crohn's disease, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, adrenal gland disorders or kidney disease.

SYMPTOMS OF DEHYDRATION:

Extreme thirst

Increased heart rate

Shortness of breath

Dry mouth

Headache 

Feeling dizzy or light-headed

Fatigue

Dry skin

Weakness

Constipation 

MY REHYDRATION STORY

The dehydration/insomnia factor I found out first-hand after going out with my friends. The morning after having a few drinks I would always be wide awake at 7 am. Even hyper and could not go back to sleep. I had always wondered why and now I know. If you are severely dehydrated, chances are you're not soundly sleeping. I now get saline IVs once a week for added hydration. Always the evening of I'm so relaxed and I fall asleep right when my head hits the pillow, into a very deep sleep. In my opinion if you are hydrated, don't drink too much caffeine or alcohol, you should be able to sleep naturally without any sleeping pills and all the side effects that come along with them. 

There are more and more places popping up that do IVs. Vitamin IVs, saline IVs, mineral IV's. They're absolutely great in my opinion but they aren't so cheap. A Myers'(magnesium, b vitamins, vitamin c, some include calcium) is $125 and a hydration(saline) is $75. But if you spent $125 on drinks at the bar, you should probably spend $75 to get your health and sleep back and your hangover gone. The Myers' is a great idea if you're feeling run down or trying to get over a cold or flu. They are amazingly beneficial to your health and replenish your crucial b vitamins that get depleted so easily by things like stress and an unhealthy diet. 

If you live in the LA area and are interested the place I go to for IVs is in Beverly Hills:

www.ivtherapycenter.com (310) 550-8000 125 N Robertson Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211

If you live in a different area and are interested just look it up, there are many places all over now offering IV therapy.

HYDRATE YOURSELF 

Drink 8 glasses of water a day. Some people need more. People that are extremely active and you over 2 cup daily coffee drinkers should definitely drink more. But it's not just about water. It's also very important to get your electrolytes like sodium and potassium(bananas, avocados) for hydration. It seems lately a lot of people are on the anti-sodium bandwagon but our body actually needs the correct amount of sodium to be balanced and hydrated. Just a bit a day, don't go too crazy with the salt. I usually just have it at dinner. Chloride, another crucial electrolyte, is also in table salt. Calcium and magnesium are also critical to staying healthy and hydrated. There are many drinks with electrolytes added but make sure to get one without too much sugar and no artificial sweeteners. My favorite bottled water is Essentia. It has electrolytes and it has a high PH level, meaning it is alkaline. It makes me feel great. Alkaline water and food has shown to be highly anti-inflammatory. One month after my mother switched to Essentia water her hip pain(arthritis) was gone. An added plus to optimum hydration.

Nikki Gray CNC