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Calming Springing Nerves

May is the height of Spring and if you’re experiencing any of the common discomforts that arise during Spring you’ve probably recognized you’ve got a problem that you want to relieve. Now is a good time to learn how to decipher what your body is telling you and find out what you can do to make sure the discomfort doesn’t repeat itself—or become more serious over time.

Stressing Your Health
Insomnia and restless leg syndrome have become common problems today because of the panoply of stressful situations that have become common in daily life. According to 5 Element Theory, the Liver affects the health of your nerves; a relationship that flows both ways, causing the function of your Liver to be weakened from the accumulation of things that “get on your nerves.” On the positive side, if you follow the advice of Oriental Medicine, and treat your Liver, you’ll find many Spring-related discomforts begin to dissipate and your general level of health improve.

Insomnia and Restless Leg Syndrome
Insomnia and restless leg syndrome are nerve-related problems that take hold when your Liver is unbalanced, and being called upon to deliver energy that it doesn’t have; like someone who uses their credit card to spend more money (energy) than they have in the bank forcing their finances out of balance. Uncomfortable symptoms are your body’s way of sending you a message to get things back into balance; just like when the bank sends you a letter reminding you that your account is out of balance.

So if you’re experiencing flare-ups of insomnia, restless leg syndrome, or any other of Spring’s common health problems, now is the time to invest in your health and rebuild the strength of your Liver.

“If I knew I’d live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.” - Mickey Mantle

Making The Point
Below are some key points made by experts dealing with insomnia and restless leg syndrome.

  • “Not sleeping well can lead to a number of problems. For example, older adults who have poor nighttime sleep are more likely to have a depressed mood, attention and memory problems, excessive daytime sleepiness, more nighttime falls, and to use more over-the-counter or prescription sleep aids.” [From Senior Health (National Institute of Health website)
  • “Specialists say millions of Americans have undiagnosed sleep disorders.  28 million have restless legs syndrome; 12 to 15 million have sleep apnea,  and as many as 50 to 60 million Americans suffer from frequent or chronic insomnia annually — a figure that is expected to nearly double by 2050 as the population ages.”
  • “As a society, we just don’t value sleep.” “When push comes to shove in our society, sleep is often the first thing to go—either by choice or necessity,”  “Sleep is as important as diet and exercise to our overall good health.” - Carl Hunt, the director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research, part of the National Institutes of Health.>
  • “A lot of this has to do with the way our society has evolved,” “We are a very sleep-deprived society.” - says Dr. David M. Rapoport, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center at New York University.
  • Researchers figure that most adults need at least seven to eight hours of sleep a night, and children need even more. 70 percent of American adults get less than eight hours, and 40 percent sleep less than seven hours a night. A poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that more than one third of respondents experienced symptoms of insomnia nearly every night.
  • “An estimated 28 million Americans have Restless Legs Syndrome, but many of them don’t realize it.  Sufferers are also often misdiagnosed by their physicians. “Many doctors don’t really know what RLS is or how to ask about it, so patients don’t usually get diagnosed properly,” says Meir Kryger, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at St. Boniface Hospital Research Center in Canada, who has several RLS patients.”
  • The government estimates that sleep-related problems also add $16 billion to the nation’s health-care bill, including medications and health-care services. And U.S. consumers are spending an estimated $84 million or more per year on over-the-counter medication, according to an analysis published in the journal Sleep and Breathing in 2002.
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