Most people experience some degree of restlessness at night. Sleep disruption that only occurs randomly and does not last for long periods of time can be over looked but some people suffer from constant sleep problems. Once you realize you are definitely suffering from sleep disruption and it is beginning to impact your daily routine it is time to seek professional help. Some people will go directly to their general practicioner and others will seek out more natural treatment through a naturopathic doctor.
Once you have made your appointment the visit will start out the same with either practicioner. To discover the root of sleeping problems doctors will ask questions about your over all health and diet. Doctors will discuss the quality of your bed and the darkness of the room as well as other environmental factors to try to get to the root of the doctors. This is typically where the similarities will end between a general doctor and a naturopathic doctor. General Practicioners will typically write a prescription for a sleeping pill at this point so that their patients can easily resume a restfull sleep schedule. Natropathic doctors seek alternative means that have less side effects.
There are several natural approaches towards a restful nights sleep. Decreasing caffeine and alcohol consumption hours prior to bedtime will get the body ready for a good nights sleep. Some Natural doctors will suggest drinking herbal tea such as chamomile or lemon balm. Both are known to create a calming sense of relaxation. Essential oils can be therapeutic and scents such as lavender can help one doze off. Other natural sleep inducers are vitamin B, melatonin, magnesium and vitamin D. Naturopahic doctors will discover the cause of sleep deprivation by finding the root cause whether it is environmental or a vitamin deficiency.