People who have excessive sleepiness feel drowsy and sluggish most days, and these symptoms often interfere with work, school, activities, or relationships. Clients with this condition often complain of "fatigue". Excessive sleepiness is different from fatigue, which is characterized by low energy and the need to rest (not necessarily sleep). Excessive sleepiness is also different from depression, in which a person may have a reduced desire to do or enjoy normal activities.
What is Excessive Sleepiness?
Excessive sleepiness is a symptom that can have many different causes. The common causes are poor sleep habits, environmental toxicity, irregular sleep patterns, a sleep disorder like obstructive sleep apnea, side effects from certain medications, and other underlying imbalances in your health. For most people changing sleep habits and making a few lifestyle changes can radically improve sleep quantity and quality!
If you are frequently tired and drowsy, work less productively, make mistakes, have lapses in judgment or wakefulness, or feel unable to enjoy or fully participate in life's activities, don't just "push through." Systematic Kinesiology can assist to get to the root cause of this issue. Reduced sleep is tied to cardiovascular problems and weight gain, as well as how you think and feel. It is important for overall health to determine the cause of excessive sleepiness.
Health Tips to aid Better Sleep and Well-being
1. Block out all Light and Improve Artificial light Quality
Purchase some black out blinds and change your LED bulbs for low-voltage incandescent halogen lights.
2. Remove Electronics from Bedroom
Encourage everyone in the family to remove all electronic devices from their bedroom, including TVs, video games, computers, tablets and cell phones. LEDs sabotage health and promote blindness. Limit your exposure to blue light from electronics during the daytime and at night. LEDs have virtually no infrared and an excess of blue light that generates reactive oxygen species (ROS), this explains why LEDs are so harmful for your eyes and overall health.
3. Bed before 11pm Relax & Chill Out!
The Adrenal Glands and thyroid are responsible for energy transfer, and controls temperature & metabolism. Between 9pm and 11pm is the best time to chill out so these organs can rejuvenate themselves and reboot for the following day. Aim to relax the mind at this time avoid overthinking. Relax with some breathing techniques or read for a while instead.
4. Avoid Eating After 9 pm.
At 9pm Melatonin Secretion Commences. Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the head, usually in response to darkness. It is involved in regulating your circadian rhythms (sleep cycles).
As people age, their pineal produces less melatonin, therefore some suggest supplementation is recommended. Melatonin supplements are often used to "reset" your body clock (circadian) when travelling across several time zones to prevent "jetlag", however there is a Systematic Kinesiology technique to correct jet lag and balance your body clock if you feel it is out of balance often without the need of supplements!
5. Magnesium Deficiency
Magnesium is the most important mineral to help insomnia. Studies show that insomnia is one of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency. Other symptoms of this deficiency such as restless leg syndrome, muscle cramps and anxiety disorders may also disrupt sleep. In the case of excessive sleepiness magnesium assists in energy production. magnesium is an important nutrient in converting carbohydrates into energy. If you are low on magnesium, you may feel drained of energy.
6. Ensure all other Health Issues are Addressed
Are you stressed….Environmentally, Chemically, Emotionally, Electrically?
Chemically...from environmental toxins?
Aluminium toxicity.. Consider too much exposure to aluminium in your diet from over use of aluminium pans, tin foil and spray/roll on deodorants
Mercury exposure from amalgam fillings in your teeth? Eating too much contaminated fish?
Lead toxicity from drinking tap water? Boiling the kettle concentrates the lead or heavy metals even more!
Plastic toxicity…Overuse of plastic bottles or freezing/storage of food in cheap plastic containers? Always insure storage containers are BPA, BPS free.
Glyphosate toxicity from eating fruit and vegetables that have been sprayed with herbicides and pesticides!! It’s more common than you think!! Many clients present with toxicity from chemicals coming through our food chain. Eat organic where possible and aim to know where your wheat/grain is being sourced from. Wash and steep non- organic fruit or veg in either baking soda or apple cider vinegar for 20 mins before ingestion.
Mold toxicity: Check your home, bedroom and soft furnishings for mold toxicity. Frequent chest infections, sinus issues, headaches, respiratory problems, tiredness and fatigue can all be a sign of mold toxicity.
All of the above may have serious consequences on our overall health and well-being. Heavy metals and chemicals store in our organs, muscles and bones and can seriously affect our sleep, function of our glands, mood, and impedes us being our best selves!! If you are affected or resonated with any of the above contact your local Systematic Kinesiologist for a treatment and get to the root cause of your ailments! Or contact me to see if I can help. You know it makes sense to take care of yourself!