in the New Year signals the end of the holidays, but often the
lingering stress from the season-long frenzy leaves us with an
unfortunate side effect — insomnia. And this "tired-wired"
state is quickly becoming a problem in today’s fast-paced culture.
"Insomnia has become an epidemic in our society mainly do to
stress," says Dr. Kalpana "Rose" Kumar, founder and
medical director of The Ommani Center in Pewaukee.
Kumar, we create a vicious cycle within ourselves by creating adrenal
fatigue, which causes lack of sleep. In turn, that lack of sleep leads
to adrenal fatigue. But training our minds can be one way to combat
the problem through a technique called Mindfulness-Based Stress
Reduction, a meditative practice that helps a person not get caught up
in the cause of stress. "It helps us connect to a more grounded
place inside ourselves," she says.
The technique is
taught through a series of classes in which the student learns how to
focus inward as his or her mind continues to chatter. "If you
learn how to do it, you can apply it to so many aspects of your
life," she says. "It’s incredibly helpful for insomnia,
overeating, anxiety and depression — any kind of emotional struggles
imbalance is also a common cause of insomnia for women, notes Kumar,
who specializes in women’s health. She suggests women suffering from
an imbalance should consult their physicians to regulate it.
Center will be hosting a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction workshop
Jan. 17. Visit www.ommanicenter.com
for more information.
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Your Sleep Cycle
Kalpana Kumar, founder and medical director of The Ommani Center
in Pewaukee, suggests incorporating the following tips into your
daily routine to help overcome insomnia issues.
Your Diet. A plant-based diet is more grounding and relaxing for
our body which, in turn, will help you sleep better. Avoid
eating a large meal at night that is high in fat and sugar.
Omega 3 Fish Oil. Consumed in doses of 2,000 milligrams a day,
fish oil has a relaxing effect on the brain and can help
normalize the brain patterns that otherwise may be irritable and
hyperactive from lack of Omega 3 in your diet.
sedating effects of lavender have proven helpful for people with
insomnia. "We carry a lavender supplement that has been
show in studies to equal the sleep efficiency of Ambien without
the side effects."
to a child falling asleep to a bedtime story, listening to a CD
specifically designed to help you enter a relaxed state can
help. Some CDs may include soothing sounds, while others include
guided imagery meditation.