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By Camille Dillard, DO, Health & Wellness PC
July 12, 2021
Category: Health
Tags: Sleep   Wellbeing  

Sleep, and the lack of it, can affect our lives in more ways than we might be aware. There are immediately felt repercussions of feeling tired during the day, and more long-term physical consequences of neglecting this very important aspect of our daily lives. To learn about all the ways that sleep affects our lives, consult with the Preventive Medicine physician of the Natural Health Center in Rome, NY.

Cognitive

Poor sleep can affect your ability to concentrate on everyday tasks which can impact your work, making the simplest work seem more difficult. It can also make you more prone to accidents. Missing sleep to get more work done can prove counterproductive in the long run. As lack of sleep can also affect your memory and your mood, which then impact not only your job but also your home life.

Immune System

Not enough sleep can mean a weakened immune system. Although there isn't a clear answer to why this is the case, it's been shown that sleep deprivation can increase the risk of developing short-term illnesses as well as increase the likelihood of chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

Appetite

When our normal sleep patterns are interrupted so are other mechanisms of our body. Without a full night's sleep, the transmitters that tell your body when it's full after a meal can misfire making you feel hungry. It can affect your metabolism as well as make you seek foods higher in calories.

Sleep Help in Rome, NY

Exercise can help reduce stress in the day and physical activity can allow you to be ready for bed at the proper time. Managing what types of stimulants you are exposed to such as caffeine, alcohol, and even screen time can also help you attain sleep. For professional help and advice, you can depend on your local Rome, NY, Preventive Medicine physician of the Natural Health Center. If you would like to schedule a consultation dial 888-338-WELL.

By Camille Dillard, DO, Health & Wellness PC
July 24, 2020
Tags: Sleep   Sleeping Problems  

Preventive medicine could improve the quality of your sleep.

There is nothing worse than a bad night’s sleep. It leaves your brain groggy, it can increase irritability and mood swings, it can affect work performance, and it can even influence you to reach for more sugar and snacks throughout the day. Getting quality sleep every night is crucial for promoting good physical, mental, and emotional health, and if you are having trouble sleeping our Rome NY preventive medicine doctor Dr. Camille Dillard can provide natural, medicine-free ways to help you catch those elusive ZZZs.

What's causing my sleeping problems?

Just about anything can be to blame for poor sleep including:

  • Stress
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Too much stimulation (e.g. electronics or exercising too late)
  • Caffeine
  • Certain health problems
  • Sleep disorders
  • Certain medications

The good news is that preventive medicine offers a wide range of treatment options that can target common causes of poor sleep such as stress, mood disorders, and chronic pain. Dr. Camille Dillard and her team in Rome NY can also work with you to create lifestyle changes that promote better sleep habits. By learning about your current routine, we can help you pinpoint potential pitfalls that are keeping you from getting the good night’s sleep you deserve. Some changes may include:

  • Powering down electronics 2-3 hours before bed
  • Finding a soothing and relaxing nighttime ritual (e.g. taking a warm bath)
  • Dimming the lights hours before bed
  • Keeping the room at an optimal temperature for sleep
  • Shutting out any light or noise from your bedroom

We also know that pain can be a contributing factor to poor sleep. Our preventive medicine team offers a variety of chiropractic techniques and treatments to improve how the nervous systems function. By identifying and fixing misalignments in the vertebrae, we can also:

  • Reduce pain and inflammation
  • Promote blood flow
  • Stimulate healing
  • Reduce fatigue and tension
  • Reduce stress
  • Promote deeper sleep

We all go through periods of stress and anxiety, and it’s incredible how much these seemingly mental and psychological conditions can also significantly impact our bodies and the way we carry ourselves. Stress and anxiety can manifest into physical aches, pains, and other problems that regular preventive medical care can help you better manage.

Natural Health Center provides osteopathic medicine, nutritional advice, preventive medicine, and more to the Rome NY, area. If you are looking for natural and holistic ways to improve your health and lifestyle to achieve better sleep then call Dr. Camille Dillard today at (888) 338-WELL to schedule a consultation with us.