When is it advisable to go to a sleep clinic?
Many of my clients tell me that they've been to a sleep clinic and were told that everything is fine. But,
when is it advisable to go to a sleep clinic?
I usually recommend going and checking out your sleep, when you are sleeping fine, but are still tired.
Here's what I recommend:
When there's something physiologically happening that keeps you from sleeping properly.
The most popular being sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when you stop breathing and your brain needs to jolt you to wake up to continue airflow. Many of us think that it only affects people who are snoring, some people who are overweight, or people who have a wider neck. That can be true. Some people really know that when they put on weight because they passed a certain threshold and started snoring. They now have more difficulty breathing.
But it's not just that. People who don't snore and even kids can have sleep apnea.
You go to bed, you sleep a good amount of hours, but you are still exhausted. You're getting your sleep, and yet you're still tired. You might not hear that you have sleep apnea, because it is very quiet, but you still have it, and your brain is just not allowing you to get enough sleep. Your sleep is so fragmented that you cannot recuperate.
When you sleep a lot, yet you're still exhausted.
Obviously, you can first check your hormones, your thyroid, your Mitochondria energy cells (seeing if everything is converting well), your heavy metals (whether you absorb everything the way you should) and check if you have any infections.
If all of these things are fine, then I would go to a sleep lab to see what the phases of your sleep look like. It might be that a chemical reaction is not happening at the right time, that certain neurons are not being fired at the right moment to the right place. Sleep is super complicated!
At the sleep clinic, they will really look at the different patterns and how different chemicals are released at different sleep phases. Each new phase has different chemical patterns.
When you have restless leg syndrome.
The restless leg syndrome is when your leg starts twitching when you are about to fall asleep. It can be so annoying and/ or disturbing. It can keep you from sleeping, and getting worse. Certain sleep clinics do focus on that and if you suffer from restless leg, I think it's a good idea to have it checked out.
However, if that is not something for you, or if you've been to the sleep clinic and everything is fine, and you don't know what to do anymore, then, let's have a good look at what else is happening in your body because sleep is connected to so many things. What else is happening in your life?
Our lifestyle influences our sleep. I do a mind-body approach to figure out what's going on with you and how you are reacting to all the different factors in your life. If that's something you want to do, then just get in touch, and we'll have a chat.
I hope I was able to help you with "when is it advisable to go to a sleep clinic".
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