Whether you’re part of the 30-35% of those who suffer short-term symptoms (less than 3 months), or the 10% who have a chronic disorder (at least 3 times a week for 3+ months),  you’ll know how lack of sleep can truly impact every aspect of your life.
(Statistics: http://www.sleepeducation.org/news/2014/03/10/insomnia-awareness-day-facts-and-stats)

Needless to say, insomnia can affect more than just the person who is suffering – partners, close family members, or those sharing living space with an insomniac can also be subject to the effects of this frustrating disorder.

It’s understandable that people want immediate relief in the form of sleeping pills and other medication.

However, these medications can be damaging to one’s health.  It is also not uncommon to become dependant on sleep medication.

What Are The Alternatives?

Functional medicine takes into account lifestyle factors that may be contributing to health issues, such as insomnia. This means not just aiming to reverse the physical or psychological manifestations of it, but getting to the source of the problem.

Every illness has different underlying causes, it makes no sense to treat every patient with generically mass-produced drugs that are not guaranteed to solve the problem!

Functional healthcare treats insomnia by analyzing what could be contributing to the development of their disorder and ensuring methods are put in place to reduce the likelihood of their issues worsening.

There is no ‘one size fits all’ treatment that will work against insomnia, and so encouraging patients to analyze and recognize their unique triggers is a key part of functional medicine. Functional medicine techniques for insomnia have proven successful in lowering the frequency and intensity of sleep-deprivation. Practitioners work to guide patients through identifying their triggers as well as appropriate treatment measures for their unique health needs.

Tea has been used for centuries by holistic healers for its medicinal qualities. Incorporating chamomile tea into your nightly routine can greatly boost the likelihood of restful sleep.

Chamomile has natural soothing qualities which calm and balances out the nervous system, helping to lower cortisol levels (the ‘stress’ hormone) and return the body to a state of rest ideal for cultivating deep sleep.

Try it for yourself!

Place 3-4 Tbsp of chamomile flowers into a teapot, steeper, or empty tea bag. Pour 8 oz of boiling water over the chamomile flowers and let steep for 5 minutes. To serve, pour into a teacup, using a fine mesh strainer as needed. Relax and enjoy!