Between family, work, personal relationships, all the other stresses life can throw at you, plus other responsibilities, modern life can be hectic and stressful.

And if you’re not sleeping right? That makes it even harder to deal with.

Sleep disorders can have various and significant impacts on your health. However, there are natural treatments at Mahaya Health which can help.

Keep reading to find out more.


What Happens When You Sleep?

When you sleep, your body cycles back and forth between REM sleep and non-REM sleep. REM, or rapid eye movement, is a sleeping state where your eyes move back and forth quickly.

During REM sleep, your body builds and repairs your tissues, and strengthens your immune system.

It usually happens about 90 minutes after you fall asleep. It’s harder to wake you during this stage, and that’s when you usually have the most vivid dreams.

What Happens If You Don’t Get Enough Sleep?

The amount of sleep you need varies from person to person. However, on average, adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per day. Children need more.

If you don’t get enough sleep, it begins to add up. There are obvious short term consequences, like difficulty focusing and fatigue. But there’s more to it than that.

Long-term effects of sleep deprivation include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Irritability
  • Chronic headaches
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Low libido
  • Weakened immune system
  • High blood pressure

Insomnia 

Insomnia is difficulty either falling or staying asleep.

Most of us have dealt with insomnia at some point in our lives. If you just got home from an exciting concert, or you’re anxious about what’s happening the next day, you might have a hard time quieting your brain enough to fall asleep. This is normal, and usually you’ll make up for it the next night.

However, if insomnia is a persistent problem, it may be indicative of a deeper health issue. In particular, insomnia has been linked with the following:

  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Digestive disorders
  • Asthma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Taking certain pharmaceuticals
  • Poor lifestyle habits
  • Sleep apnea

Whatever it is that’s causing your insomnia, trust the team at Mahaya Health to work to uncover what it is, and provide you with a treatment plan designed to get you resting once more.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition where you stop breathing while you sleep. Episodes of sleep apnea can happen a few times a night, or up to hundreds. As a result, your brain doesn’t get the oxygen it needs. This can lead to serious health complications.

Why do you stop breathing with sleep apnea? There are two different reasons, and each is its own unique problem.

With obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked. This is the more common form of sleep apnea. Usually, it’s soft tissue in the back of your throat that folds over your airway.

With central sleep apnea, your brain doesn’t send the signals to your muscles to breathe.

It can be hard to tell whether you have sleep apnea on your own, since the effects primarily happen while you’re sleeping. However, if you or your partner notices the following symptoms, it may be related to sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Dry and sore throat in the morning
  • Decreased libido
  • Insomnia
  • Waking up with a choking sensation
  • Decreased energy
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Irritability

Long-term effects of sleep apnea can be serious, and include:

  • Stroke
  • Heart failure and heart attacks
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Chronic headaches
  • Increased risk of injury
  • High blood pressure

If you have sleep apnea, there are natural solutions that can help.

Contact Mahaya Health to find out more.

Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome is a nervous system condition characterized by an overwhelming urge to move your legs. It’s considered a sleep disorder because it can interfere with sleep, and symptoms often occur or worsen in the evening.

The severity of symptoms for restless leg syndrome (RLS) may vary wildly. Sometimes it’s mild, while other times it can be intolerable. Those with RLS feel an uncomfortable sensation in their legs, which some may describe as “pins and needles” or “creepy crawly”.

In many cases, RLS is associated with other conditions, including:

  • Anemia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Kidney failure
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain pharmaceutical medications
  • Chronic insomnia
  • Substance abuse (particularly alcohol)

If you’re experiencing restless leg syndrome, the team at Mahaya Health can help. Depending on the nature of your sleep disorder, there are a number of root causes which may lie beneath the surface. We’ll work develop a treatment plan designed to address the root cause of your RLS.

Natural Solutions For Sleep Disorders

If you’re experiencing one of the above sleep concerns, there are natural solutions which may help.

One way to start is to consider your sleep hygiene. Making the following changes in your sleeping habits may help:

  • Go to bed at the same time every night
  • Keep your room in absolute darkness
  • Turn off screens 2 hours before bed
  • Avoid caffeine for at least 4 hours before bed
  • Avoid heavy meals for at least 2 hours before bed
  • Keep the temperature in your bedroom low – 15-20 degrees Celsius
  • Avoid fluids for 1-2 hours before bed

If you’ve implemented these steps and are still having sleep difficulties, or if you need some help making these changes, book an appointment with Mahaya Health.


Book your appointment today, and your Mahaya Health practitioner will work to uncover the cause of your sleep disorder.

We’ll put together a treatment plan designed to help you address that cause and get you sleeping soundly once more.

Start building a healthier life in body and in mind.