Sleep is an extremely important part of our health. The body’s circadian rhythm (sleep/wake cycle) is the period in which the body is able to reset and recover, and many of the body’s physiological processes are only able to function during sleep.
Some factors can disturb normal sleep patterns. These include:
Sleep disturbances can have far-reaching effects on your health. It contributes to fatigue and mood changes, disturbances in gastrointestinal and immune functions and affects hormonal function in general.
Sleep disturbances come in different forms, the main ones being:
While many of the physiological triggers for sleep disturbances have been identified, chronic sleep disorders are notoriously difficult to treat. When considering treatment, both psychological and physiological triggers need to be addressed in order to help restore normal sleep patterns.
Mood disturbances also exhibit a host of physiological imbalances that are linked to hormone and neurotransmitter dysfunction and nutritional deficiencies. This is in addition to psychological triggers, many of which may be due to physiological imbalances rather than a life event. The most common forms of mood disturbances include:
Mood disturbances are also associated with a host of different chronic illnesses including:
Both sleep and mood are under tight hormonal and neurotransmitter control, driven mostly by the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and limbic system in the brain. Imbalances in any of the organs, hormones, neurotransmitters and nutritional factors involved in maintaining healthy mood and sleep can provide a stress on the body and negatively impact on the functioning of the HPA and limbic systems.
The Sleep & Mood Test is a comprehensive assessment of those neurotransmitters, hormones, organ systems and nutrients involved in supporting healthy mood and sleep. It also provides information on the presence of nutrients and compounds that may cause a disturbance to the normal production of these neurotransmitters and hormones.
Sleep and mood are extremely complex areas with many variables impacting on their healthy function.
This test focuses purely on physiological and nutritional factors and may help to identify areas of imbalance.
Adrenalin, Cortisol, Dopamine,GABA, Histamine, Melatonin, Noradrenalin, Serotonin.
Adrenal Gland, Pineal Gland, Pituitary Gland, Thyroid Gland
Adenosine, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phenylalanine, Pyridoxal 5-Phosphate (P-5-P), Tryptophan, Tyrosine
The Sleep & Mood Test costs $249. This includes the $70 follow up consultation.