Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders

Sleep is controlled by a complex chain of neurological and biochemical events. Many practitioners of Functional Medicine believe that sleeplessness may be a symptom related to imbalances of the excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) and hormones that the body uses to communicate with itself. These neurotransmitters and hormones are necessary to achieve sleep and some can prevent us from attaining a good night’s sleep.

During sleep, we usually pass through five phases of sleep: stages 1, 2, 3, 4, and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. These stages progress in a cycle from stage 1 to REM sleep, then the cycle starts over again with stage 1 We spend almost 50 percent of our total sleep time in stage 2 sleep, about 20 percent in REM sleep, and the remaining 30 percent in the other stages. Brain needs to learn to shift from high Beta to low Theta and Delta brain waves in order achieve proper sleeping patterns.

VCAT Treatment Plan reduces Beta waves and increases Delta and Theta waves. Thus, resulting readjustment on serotonin and teach the brain to relax at the sleeping time. Herbal and psychotherapy may be also included.

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